Well, there's not actually a lot to report on this.. there's only about the same amount of text again on the BBC site that adds just a little bit more info..
It seems someone wants this kept as quiet as possible..
I reckon it goes beyond Devon.. and may possibly cover the entire country.. Every council may be up to the same tricks.
I received a parking ticket a year ago.. But I did not pay up. Firslty there was a sticker placed by someone over the no parking/loading only sign,.
secondly the road markings are so badly worn that you cannot clearly read the "loading only" words or see a clear definition of the white lines.
All of the above MUST be in good order, clear and precise (fir for the job) as required by law.
I took photos of the road markings and based them as my sole claim to not pay the ticket.. A few months later the council wrote back and told me my
ticket was cancelled due to a sticker on the sign.. At the time, I had no idea about any sticker..
The road markings are still in very poor condition.. but I have not seen any traffic wardens around here since..
I can only wonder as to how many people just pay up, without knowing the legal side of things ,they could get away with it. It's then the councils
fault for not maintaining the highways as they are required to do.
I'm not too sure as to what they are saying in the news report as to the 'fraud' claims, I hope someone will make it more clear soon.
either way, it's a slap in the face for the council.. Was once the police forces job, handed over to the council and then wham bam... fraud claims..
lol.. you gotta like 'em for trying..
Politicians and public servants.. As if the police don't have enough to do.. I mean have enough officers... um...
(visit the link for the full news article)