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Driver given parking ticket while broken down

Two traffic wardens slap a broken down car with a parking ticket in Brighton.

A driver who broke down in the middle of a busy Brighton road was given a parking ticket. When the driver left his car in the road in search of help, a passer-by spotted two parking wardens from Brighton and Hove City Council stick a parking ticket on the windscreen.

Passer-by Estelle Francis photographed the incident of the two parking wardens issuing a ticket on the broken down silver Volkswagen Passat saloon. She said: “I was walking by and thought the two men were police. But then I saw them putting a ticket on the windscreen. I couldn’t believe it, it was clear the driver had broken down, the hazard lights were on.”

On the incident of the driver being handed a parking ticket on his broken-down car, a council spokesman stated: “We don’t provide commentary on individual cases. The driver is well within their rights to make a case for appeal.”

Brighton and Hove City Council has a reputation for handing out frequent, unfair parking tickets. Local resident Celia Webster told The Argus newspaper in 2012: “I received a PCN for parking in a disabled bay with a disabled person who has limited sight. I asked her to put her disabled badge on the dashboard, which she did. We were in a nearby building for about four minutes – yet you can imagine how shocked I was to discover, on our return, that I had been given a parking ticket.”

In October 2013, the newspaper reported how drivers across Brighton and Hove are being slapped with a parking fine every five minutes. Brighton and Hove City Council revealed more than 114,000 fines were issued in 2012 to 2013.

Last December, figures showed the council raised £16.3 million in parking charges in the year 2012 to 2013 – an increase on £14.4 million in 2011/2012, £12.7 million in 2010/2011 and £11.7 million in 2009/2010. 

Bizarre parking ticket stories are more common than you might think. Check out the driver who was handed a parking fine as he was stuck in traffic. Or if you fancy a bizarre revenge story, read about the traffic warden who was attacked with a sledge hammer after a parking ticket row. 

Do you live in the Brighton and Hove area? Been a victim of unfair parking fines? We’d love to know.

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