The British government is changing the rules on parking fines in England writes Wonko's World.
The Northern Irish Secretary of State for Transport, Ruth Kelly, and
her 3 Ministers for Transport (two of which are Scottish of course) are
introducing changes to the rules in England so that variable rates of
parking fines can be implemented and to remove the requirement for
traffic wardens to physically attach a ticket to a vehicle meaning that
tickets can be written out and issued after the offence has occurred or
from CCTV images.
The problem with this is that it could take a couple of weeks for a
parking ticket to eventually arrive and can you remember where you were
at, say, 9.38 in the morning a week last Saturday? I have trouble
remembering what I did yesterday, let alone a fortnight ago, so how do
you defend yourself?
And this still doesn’t address the core problem with the parking
fines system which is that summary justice is illegal in England. The
Bill of Rights says that “and promise of fine or forfeiture before
conviction is illegal and void”.
Traffic wardens and “parking attendants” are not judges, the street
is not a court of law and neither is a CCTV control centre. Parking
fines are only legal if the accused has been convicted in a court of
law. We need the legal system to protect our constitutional rights,
not to make it easier for companies and local authorities to issue
illegal and unconstitutional on-the-spot fines.
When will the judiciary stand up and state that these 'common laws' are unconstitutional.