Are the Police and Taxi drivers above the law?
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.
Marked Police Car clearly parked in a disabled bay out side the Bristol Childrens Hospital
Taxi driver also parked in a disabled bay next to the Police car also not displaying a disabled badge
Times up for this driver as the parking ticket expires.
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!