Les Hammond, who works doing home deliveries for Iceland, claimed there are no realistic alternatives to stopping his van and that officious wardens are now targeting drivers like him. He said they’d received six or seven fines in just the past three months.
The Lincolnshire-based driver said: “We’ve had vans outside the shop for perhaps 30 years on the loading bay.
“Most of the time we can fit the vans onto the correct side of the yellow line, but sometimes there’ll be too many boxes there and we can’t get the van over far enough, so maybe a wheel is sticking out.
“Obviously when we’re loading and unloading that’s fine, and I suppose that if a wheel is sticking out then by rights, we could be done.
“But it feels like it’s a bit overboard.”
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A spokesperson for Lincolnshire County Council’s highways division defended the role of the parking enforcement officers and said vehicles will always be observed prior to a ticket being issued.
He said: “In essence, anyone can park on a single or double yellow line whilst actively in the process of loading or unloading, provided the vehicle is not causing an obstruction and they are actively seen to be carrying the process out.
“We always observe vehicles for, at the very least, five minutes before taking any type of enforcement action.
“This is council policy and is deemed to be more than sufficient for some to load or unload an item to the door of the premises they are visiting.”
He added that drivers are permitted to remain parked for the duration of the process if it takes longer than those five minutes.
He explained: “We would advise anybody who believes they hold sufficient grounds justifying cancellation of the penalty charge notice (PCN) to challenge the issue as per the info on the reverse of the PCN itself.”