On Friday afternoon I needed to visit a surgery, walk in, pick up two items and walk out. Parking was not available so i stopped in a residents parking bay. I wasn't going to be there long and it was a quiet street. After being in there 5 minutes and returning to my car I had picked up a parking fine. I was not a happy bunny.
Imagine my delight when I open the post this morning and find another penalty charge notice. This time I've not been ticketed by a warden but caught on camera stopping in a yellow box whilst in a queue of traffic the Friday the week before (again in London). A slight misjudgement on my part leads me to another fine.
In my defence the roads around the capital are a joke. If they had been planned better or certainly reworked they wouldn't be in the mess they currently are. The parking situation is terrible, i can understand residents areas for use by the local people, but during the day those spaces can remain empty and business users who could use them for a while are not allowed and are forced to fight for meter spaces with a 4 hour limit. How am I supposed to do a 9-5 job in 4 hours? I end up having to find another meter far enough away that I don't get caught by the "no return within X hours" clause.
How many more fines are in the post? Hopefully none. I'm just pissed that for 3 and a bit months I've been on the road not getting any and on my last week before moving to spend more time in the office picking up 2.