DRIVERS have been left with smoke after a council painted yellow lines BELOW their parked cars – and then fined them £70.
The contractor allegedly painted a parking line on a quiet residential street in Wokingham, Berkshire, without warning residents in advance.
They allegedly lifted cars parked along the road with a crane on a lorry, and while suspended, they painted yellow lines underneath.
And then the cars were put back – and fined £70.
A resident of Moeen Ulhaq said he is trying to fight the ticket and appeal after the parking incident.
He said his family saw contractors pick up and paint the lines – before dropping the car and issuing a fine.
The 19-year-old said: “I parked my car there last night and there was no sign warning they would have painted lines.
“I woke up around 10.30am and my mom told me they were moving the cars and the paint line.
“They don’t make a lot of noise, I can’t hear them doing that.
“One by one, they are lifting the cars one by one and putting them back.
“I went there and my ticket was issued at 11:20 am.”
Councilor Shirley Boyt from Bulmershe and Whitegates claimed that residents were not informed about road construction – and acknowledged that the roads had been freshly painted.
She was told that parking restriction cones would be placed on the street yesterday, but this has not happened, she said.
Cllr said she reached out to the county and personally offered to put the letters on every car on quiet, residential Blackthorn Close.
But the council said it was not necessary as there would be cones placed on the road.
“I offered to put the letters on every car that was parked there,” she said.
“But the council said it wouldn’t be necessary because there would be cones.”
Cllr Boyt said she believes Wokingham Regional Council “has no idea what is going on” regarding her contractor.
OFF THE PARK
In October, the street opposite was painted yellow – a week before re-lined and then repainted.
When Cllr asked the council what the reason was, they allegedly said they had no idea the line drawing would take place in October.
Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, member of motorway operations said: “This incident was caused by an unfortunate coincidence that our parking enforcement contractors happened to be in the area shortly after painting. two yellow lines.
“We have different contractors to paint the road and enforce the parking lot.
“We regret this has happened and would encourage anyone who received a parking ticket in this way to appeal to have the fine rescinded.
“It is illegal for us to cancel any fines issued without an appeal – as much as we would like in a situation like this.
“Blackthorn Close residents have requested double yellow lines and our contractors have previously gone out to paint them but were unable to due to parked cars.
“On this occasion they put the front hats on to prevent this, but nonetheless a number of cars were parked there and therefore had to be moved safely while painting.
“To avoid a similar mix-up in the future, we will make sure these two contractors communicate with each other.”
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