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Parking enforcement officer criticised for ‘breaking parking rules’

08:00 04 September 2014

The parking enforcement officer's van in Bideford on Monday.

The parking enforcement officer's van in Bideford on Monday.


Officer pictured in Bideford parking over the marked bay for longer than the one hour limit - while issuing tickets.

A parking enforcement officer has been criticised for ‘breaking parking rules’ while on enforcement duties in Bideford.

Maurice Pearce, of Osborns Models, photographed the county council officer parked overhanging a parking bay by Bideford Pannier Market on Monday morning.

The van remained there for longer than the one hour limit, before the officer returned to move it into the bay properly before resuming his duties, said Mr Pearce.

This, Mr Pearce added, technically breached the ‘no return within one hour rule’ and gave a ‘very bad impressions’ when there were empty spaces available.

“It’s one rule for a DCC parking enforcement officer and another for the rest of us,” he said.

“Parked up incorrectly and then off on his round to book anyone else doing the same.”

When asked about the incident, a Devon County Council spokesman said: “Vehicles used by civil parking enforcement officers (CEOs) have an exemption while on enforcement duties, although they would be expected to park within a bay when they are able to do so.”

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  • Like is stated in the article “It’s one rule for a DCC parking enforcement officer and another for the rest of us”. DCC (or TDC) will never admit their 'officers' are in the wrong including when they are not only in braking imposed parking restrictions but also when they are in breach of the Highway Code. In this case, distance from a junction.

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