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Painters Roll Out a Parking Ticket

Friday, January 13, 2012

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Parking tickets are irritating enough—but getting nailed for a forbidden zone painted underneath your parked car? That’s going too far.

 Patrick McCrystal

 Caters News Agency

Patrick McCrystal examines the lines that were painted around his parked car, resulting in a parking ticket. His Ford Fiesta even sported paint specks from the botched job.

So said one disgusted British man, who was slapped with a fine of £70 (about $108 US) for parking in a zone that was painted after he parked and left his car. To make matters worse, the painters left flecks of traffic paint on the car’s bumper while trying to reach around it.

‘Couldn’t Believe My Eyes’

“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Patrick McCrystal, 49, of Derby, told local newspapers. “They could have put up signs or cones if they were planning on filling the gap.”

The flap began last week after McCrystal arrived for his 2 p.m. shift at a local service station.

The parking space, on a public street, “has been my regular spot for two years and there was nothing to indicate I couldn’t park there,” McCrystal said.

He had noticed new double lines painted on streets in the area, but nothing was painted on the section of street where he parked.

Until he got off work, that is.

‘Communication Breakdown’

That’s when McCrystal found a fresh no-parking zone painted under and around his car, yellow paint on his bumper, and the ticket on his windshield.

A passer-by told one newspaper that “council staff had been angered they could not paint the lines because of the parked car.”

Council spokesman David Gartside confirmed the painting gaffe and blamed the dust-up on “a communication breakdown” between the council’s painting contractor and the parking authorities.

Gartside said the ticket was issued “in error.”

“The ticket will be revoked and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

There was no word on the paint damage to McCrystal’s car.

   

Tagged categories: Contractors; Striping; Traffic control; Traffic paint

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