Westminster parking, firm but fair?

Westminster City Council’s cabinet member for environment and transport Danny Chalkley just loves telling the media about Westminster City Council’s parking enforcement (run by NCP services) how it’s firm and fair, and not target driven. Yes we have been told that parking enforcement is just to keep traffic flowing and how Westminster City Councill’s wardens will only issue a parking ticket (PCN) if they absolutely have no other choice. We’ve also had to listen to old knobcheese banging on about his common sense approach to parking in Westminster.

If you dare to come in to Westminster look for the signs as you come in ‘Abandon hope all ye who enter here’ because if you’re using any kind of vehicle that pays road tax, Chalkley’s gang of rogue traffic wardens will tax you again.

A keen reader of our blog has sent in these photos today.

Bolsover Street

Just over seven months ago Westminster City Council introduced what they claim was an experimental scheme to tax all scooters which tried to park in borough. But on several streets like Bolsover Street no sign was put up. But today a council team finally bolted up the parking enforcement signs. Within no time at all an eager old local traffic warden had dragged his arse out of Adams Sandwich bar in Gt Portland Street and began ticketing bikes and scooters. Their owners quite oblivious to the fact the council had erected enforcement signs after they left their vehicles to go in to work.

Is this fair? No, but it sure is firm.

Empty spaces in bike bay keeping traffic moving

Empty spaces in bike bay keeping traffic moving

Scooting getting a ticket

Scooting getting a ticket

Make sure that PCN is stuck on now

Make sure that PCN is stuck on now

Rathbone Street

Now here’s the common sense to parking enforcement in Westminster, just so you know it’s not about revenue generating.

Here you can see a scooter has been fined, even though she had left her machine parked correctly. It’s obviouse to the local traffic enforment officers that a delivery van has moved the scooter to get through. So the two traffic wardens who came along could not move the scooter back or just leave it alone, no, time to make some money for Chalkley, so she gets a ticket.

Scooter moved over a bay line

Scooter moved over a bay line

Cars parked on a single line decreasing the gap

Cars parked on a single line decreasing the gap

PCN on right hand mirror

PCN on right hand mirror

Danny Chalkley knows this is going on everyday in Westminster. How does this help your hard pressed retailers or those poor Londoner’s trying to get on with life in this stinking rotten little borough of Westminster.


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2bikersMarch 19th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

how LOW will they get ?

OgriMarch 19th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

I hope those riders whose machines were ticketed appeal their fines.

I hope that miserable swine who ticketed them gets his come-uppance.

Julian BondMarch 19th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

That sign in Rathbone place doesn’t look legal. It seems to be mostly black paint!

Julian BondMarch 19th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Park your bike. Council puts up sign. Council issues PCN. Come back to your bike. Pay £40. Do not pass go.


DamianMarch 19th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

That’s my scooter in the picture and I have appealed it. I don’t hold out that much hope. I recently failed to notice that a text had failed to send because I was being asked questions by a woman doing a survey for Westminster Council on bike parking fees. I ran to catch my train and only saw that the text had failed to send a couple of hours later. I sent payment then and appealed. Two informal appeals later I had to give in and pay the fine. I hadn’t got a ticket in years before this and now I have had four in as few months.

MartinMarch 20th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Damian – do NOT give in on this one. It’s unfair, and how can you be held accountable for parking *correctly*, then someone ELSE moving your scooter!? Write to the papers, if need be!
Good luck.

TARzanMarch 20th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Damien, I don’t think you are the only one being caught like this.

As long as we can get all these points together and get them across to the scrutiny committee then we stand every chance of getting this unworkable system thrown out.

You have to keep appealing and take it right up to PATAS.

Good luck.

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********July 24th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

hello mate,
i am ******,my number is xxxxxx and it’s me who issued that Ticket in rathbone street..i wish i had seen this message before. it was not an easy decision to make. But remember that, we Civil Enforcement Officers are under a huge pressure to bring ticket.The management would not rostered me to work on Sunday(where we earn £24 extra) if i dont bring enough tickets.. that’s what they call “justify the HOURS”. we only earn £7.70/hours, so we have to reach the double figures to have the offer of the weekend allowance. this means that,we use minimum discretion.. my number is xxxxxx and i work in lexington street base. about your ticket, i am very sorry…..let me know if that ticket has been cancelled..if not,contact me i will give you the £40 when i get paid insha’Allah. plz contact me…
To the fellow who called me” miserable swine”,i am not a swine,i am not miserable…I am a practising muslim guy from Ivory coast.The full blame should be for Westminster council and NSLservice( the contractor).
we dont work directly for westminter, we are employed by NSLservices..and they tell us that,it is westminster that put the pressure on them to bring the tickets..i saw on westminster website 2 days ago,that they dont give incentives for tickets…therefore,we don’t know who among westminter and the NSL is lying…however,we C.E.O dont have any contact with westminster…we only see NSL management.

ParkerJuly 25th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

You CEO people are being the centre of focus on the BBC today, the BPA (British Parking Association) say incentives are wrong and certainly holding back overtime is illegal. The thing is though, no-one will believe you as a CEO because NSL, NCP or Westminster Council say it doesn’t go on.

I hope you get the chance to say your piece one day without the fear or losing overtime or even losing your job. Maybe you should email nutsville because they can help keep your ID hidden.

Salam alekum.

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GMFraserOctober 7th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Dear Sir/Madam,going a little off the item,We at LRNP[local residents neighbourhood panel] are puzzled about parking,Why on bus stops/crossings/yellow lines,the list is endless,is it poss for some one to come to our meeting and enlighting us to the rules.and what to do??
My name is GMFraser[miss] email:gmfraser@talktalk.net,Thank you for your help,

AnonymousOctober 19th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

I have documentary evidence and copy Emails that Bonuses,Argos gift points and overtime,especially Bank Holidays at Triple pay, are given as rewards for issuing PCNs. They rewards are euphimistically refered to as for Customer Focus and Integrity. I have records going back 3 years that show 99% always go to the same high PCN issuing CEOs.
I have Emails from WCC putting pressure on NCP to issue more PCNs and one even refers to a site being given special attention,as it is very productive and helps fill a Black Hole in revenues.
I have been present at numerous Disciplinary hearings were CEOs were dismissed or given Final warnings because of their low PCN production, though their Staff file never reflected this.Other reasons were used as a cover, I have evidence of this.
I left NCP as I was tired of the lies and deception of both WCC and NCP to the public.
The CEO in your photos is a victim of having his hours reduced as a “punishment”. I know him to be honest but is being forced to issue PCNs when discretion would be more appropriate.
PCNs issued after a sign has been erected or restrictions altered after 8.30 the same day, should only be Warning Notices at no charge.Such PCNs should be disputed at all times
The Professor.

Mr Dis GruntledMarch 24th, 2010 at 9:51 am

can you give me the e mail address for me to send some hard fact evidence to you.

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