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100 Parking Ticket!

18 April 2015 - 07:02 PM

Well, I was out today shopping at our local outlet centre. Parked up in an area that previously had been a shared parent toddler space. which has now been rebranded as a disabled bay.


I parked in it, knowing full well and having been advised these were "joint spaces" for use by disabled individuals and also Parents and Children.


Came back to find a £100 notice slapped on the car courtesy of UKPC. (kindly reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days).


I found myself writing a rather long and detailed email about this and send it to the parking authority, and I am pretty sure they would reject it. I have also emailed over a copy of the appeal to the outlet centre asking them to review and if they agree with any points, support the appeal.


What a ridiculous fine! If nothing else, I suppose the best case scenario is it gets wiped out, and I get to rant about the appalling circumstances. Worst case scenario, it gives me an opportunity to save up for the ticket out of this and next months pay checks!


I dismayed the ticket under the following reasons:


1) The ticket printer was faulty, as such the ticket was not printed correctly leaving a blank space straight down the middle of the printed text. If I read the text and ignored the place were it was bank, it would have said "parking in a disabled persons space, but clearly displaying a valid disabled persons badge" this really means less than the reason for the parking there.j

2) The disabled bay was not clear, and there were blacked out lines all over the place which caused confusion, especially as advice from them suggested they were shared use, and

3) A member of staff (name not caught) confirmed that the disabled bays where joint use for both parent and toddler and disabled.

4) Other vehicles were parked there and the same scenario (parent in a disabled bay) and what appeared to be someone walking around in a blue vis jacket just leaving them to it! WTF should I be victimised!!!


Anyway, lets see what comes out of this.

Eurk! 2015 Cars Revealed

13 April 2015 - 07:52 PM

taken from motoring.co.uk - stats about the new year of car registrations for 2015:


2015 Top 10 Sellers

The Ford Fiesta is the best selling car of 2015. Registrations  total 39,804 units YEY!.

It is followed by the Vauxhall Corsa (29,100) BOOO!,

Ford Focus (22,287) YEY!,

Volkswagen Golf (19,435) Meh!,

Nissan Qashqai (18,686) hmmm,

Vauxhall Astra (15,009) BOOOOO!,

Volkswagen Polo (14,821), meh!

Audi A3 (14,358),  hmmm

Mercedes-Benz C-Class (13,975) sadly...


Fiat 500 (13,243) hmmmm

Pleb Dems

08 April 2015 - 10:58 PM

So I heard on the radio 'liberal democrats want to offer a 100 million pound prize (tax payer funded, of course) to the car manufacturer who can sell the best ultra low emissions vehicle.'

Call my cynical, but surely even those plebs can see there are better ways to use our money than to give it as a prize, to a manufacturer who can sell the most cars that they like...

I was going to write an abusive post about this but calmed down enough lol. It winds me up! If you really want to spend that money on the car industry, why not offer it towards the cost of the car, to make these new cars more affordable. Those dang things are not cheap to buy new. Why reward a manufacturer, who is reaping the rewards of sales, with more money, when there are NHS shortages, families living on the breadline and struggling day after day.

'I appreciate you can't afford the fuel sir/madam, what you should do now is go and buy an electric car... and I know you have 3 children to feed, and a job that pays less than the change you give your customer,... could you just bear with me whilst I speak to the Chancellor... Could you just bend over and allow me to give you some more seeing to as I push up the price of fuel duty and everything else, please remove your under garments to speed this up'

They are so out of touch with voters it's unreal.


Forgive Me Focers For I Have Sinned....

08 April 2015 - 07:54 PM

I would like to start by reassuring you I haven't lost all my faculties and the FOCer in me took pleasure in witnessing what I did tonight, however, my want to be a better person and civic duty meant I had to report this...

As I was out heading to my local fish shop for my meal, I witnessed an astra, observed driving (I choke as I say this, literally) seemingly safely and sensibly.... He swing his car out of the way of a pursuing motor cycle / scooter. The scooter was riding around the place like a nut job, all over the road chasing the astra. He then proceeded to crash into the back of the astra and kick it and drive off. The astra driver pulled up and abandoned his vehicle, I presume fearing his safety, after the bike did one.

I reported it to the police on arriving home, and as much as I hate to say this, the astra driver was seemingly sensible and seemingly blameless at this point.

On a plus side, either reporting this to the police will get the biker done for his idiocy, of will highlight the astra if there is something wrong with the car or occupants. Either way, I hope someone gets done for either way.

I have already said a thousand hail fordies to repent my sins. But if I was an innocent driver and some fruit loop attacked my car, I would hope a witness would do the same for me, so I have to put the brand to the side and treat it ad any other victim.

I will repeat though, as I first saw the incident unfold, there was a small part of me inside that smiled, and felt pleasant, but at the same time it wasn't enough for me to brush it off as an 'ah well'


01 April 2015 - 10:24 AM

My wife is driving Barking mad...

Were eligible for the free loft insulation program so I jumped at it, but apparently it's too much agro, I can't empty the loft, the world will end and all hell will break loose.

Why is it sometimes the other half just cannot accept that maybe we know better, ok so it's not going to be flawless but then we are still going to benefit!

Sometimes you just cannot live with them!