Traffic warden caught parking on double yellow lines

PUBLISHED: 09:57 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

The traffic warden parked his scooter on double yellow lines

The traffic warden parked his scooter on double yellow lines

PARKING on double yellow lines might be forbidden for motorists - but not for a traffic warden operating in Harpenden. Harpenden resident Mike Gaire was walking through Southdown when he noticed a scooter parked on double yellow lines outside a hairdress

PARKING on double yellow lines might be forbidden for motorists - but not for a traffic warden operating in Harpenden.

Harpenden resident Mike Gaire was walking through Southdown when he noticed a scooter parked on double yellow lines outside a hairdressers.

Mr Gaire, who was curious to see to whom the vehicle belonged, waited outside the shops and 15 minutes later he saw a traffic warden climb on the scooter and drive off.

Said Mr Gaire, who took photographic evidence of the event: "There were plenty of legal parking places available to him. What makes it worse is that he had just issued a ticket to the car parked behind him! Should these people not obey the same rules that they penalise ordinary motorists for?"

But NCP Services, which deploys traffics wardens on behalf of St Albans District Council, explained that wardens were allowed to park on double yellow lines in certain circumstances.

A spokesperson said: "Broadly speaking, wardens can park on double yellow lines as long as it's safe to do so. Looking at Mr Gaire's photographs, it is clear that the scooter is carefully parked in accordance with our guidelines.

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