Are the Police and Taxi drivers above the law?

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By Trucks79 | Friday, October 15, 2010, 15:27

This morning I had to take my son down to the Bristol Children’s Hospital for his yearly check-up, As per usual it took fifteen minutes to find somewhere to park and in the end I had to park out on the main road by St Michaels hospital and walk down the hill in to the Children’s Hospital A & E entrance.

To my absolute disgrace and total disbelief both of the disabled parking bays near the front of the A & E entrance were both occupied one by a taxi that was NOT showing a disabled badge and the second vehicle was a MARKED police car. Obviously not displaying a disabled badge either.

OK, Firstly I can understand the police might have been attending an emergency but there are other places that they could have parked without taking up a much needed disabled bay!

Secondly the taxi also could have occupied the allocated TAXI pick up point rather than also taking up a much needed disabled bay.

We were in the hospital at 9:10am and finally left at 10:48 and both vehicles were still parked in the same spaces when we left.

More annoyingly on our way back up the steep hill towards our car we passed a parked car that was clearly showing a parking ticket, granted the ticket had expired seventeen minutes earlier but the unlucky person had received a parking ticket.

So it is ok for someone to receive a parking ticket for exceeding the time on the ticket but the police and the taxi driver who neither were displaying a parking ticket nor a disabled badge are freely able to abuse the parking laws.

It is a total joke and how can the police expect other road users to uphold the law when their own staff abuse it themselves!



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    In a email received today from Trinity Road Police Station I have been given the following response.
    The officers concerned have been identified and I have spoken to their
    Sergeant this afternoon. They were at the hospital that morning
    supervising a detained person who required medical treatment.

    It was inappropriate to park in a disabled space and they have been
    advised that this is the case. Their Sgt has also advised the other team
    members accordingly to prevent it happening again. This type of incident
    undermines our relationship with the public and is unprofessional.

    By Trucks79 at 16:46 on 18/10/10

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    it does seem there is one law for the police and another for us over parking. The only excuse they have is that they were dealing with an emergency.

    By welland at 15:49 on 17/10/10

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