Some 5 seconds! The pictures are taken, allegedly, 8 seconds apart. Being more serious for a moment, this is a certain demonstration of how difficult this new system will be for a lot of people as it has been confessed that it could take weeks - rather than days - for a ticket to drop through the letter box.
For many drivers, this can cause potential problems. My car is a company car, so it would take even longer (an extra 3 weeks or so, to get through our systems and then to me).
Add to that, my father, whom I have to ferry around occasionally, has a blue badge. This would certainly not be expected in my (rather obviously marked) car and the situation could get worse,
Also, I have to drop of customers who, inevitably, live where there are the dreaded 'double yellows' and it gets even more complicated.
I do try to not park in illegal positions; but my life is going to get more complicated now. :-((
What annoyed me the most watching the interview on the BBC this morning was the minister who could not understand the hosts point. The minister just kept repeating that the appeals process would be a lot more straightforward, so this means we have moved to a situation where you get a ticket and then its your job to prove that you are innocent.
I always thought our legal system worked the other way round!!
I think the system would be better if for a successful appeal, the council was forced to pay compensation to the person making the appeal, for their time spent on the paperwork. May make the council more careful about the tickets they send out?
BBC article said 1% of cases goe to appeal, and of these 60% are successful. Also guess a lot of people just pay up as they don't have the time to pursue it.
I used to deal with the drafting of parking restriction orders and, as I recall, they always included a proviso to enable a driver to stop in a restricted area for so long as was reasonably necessary to enable a person to board or alight from the vehicle, or to load or unload goods, except where there were specific loading restrictions.If one is now prosecuted one would have to obtain a copy of the relevant traffic order to see what it allowed. Perhaps they have now moved the goal posts...