A PARKING ticket on a police car caused embarrassment to officers, but some amusement to shoppers in Butchers Row in Barnstaple on Friday. Earlier this year on-street parking became the responsibility of district council enforcement officers instead of p
A PARKING ticket on a police car caused embarrassment to officers, but some amusement to shoppers in Butchers' Row in Barnstaple on Friday.Earlier this year on-street parking became the responsibility of district council enforcement officers instead of police-controlled traffic wardens.When one of the council officers saw the police car parked in a loading bay alongside the Pannier Market in Butchers Row, a ticket was duly issued. But, subsequently, the ticket was cancelled, as police spokesman Insp Toby Davies explained:"Police vehicles and other emergency vehicles are not exempt from parking regulations. Obviously there are occasions, dependent on the nature of the duty being performed by officers and other emergency vehicles, where exceptions apply and they can park within regulated areas."In this particular case the ticket was issued in good faith. However, once the enforcement officers were made aware of the nature of the duty being performed by the officer in question, the ticket was cancelled."Martin Williams, Transportation and Procurement Manager at North Devon District Council, said: "We work in partnership with the police and on this occasion the vehicle was parked for some considerable time and we could not locate the officers. To make sure we treat all road users the same we issued the notice. "Once we were aware of the nature of the occurrence we were happy to waive the notice.