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Poem: Letter of Complaint to Parking Control

Updated on November 9, 2019
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I started writing poetry as a child. I write performance poetry, observational, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious human rights issues

Oh No! Not Another Parking Ticket or PCN!

Do you ever despair and think the Parking Wardens are out to get you?

I write many letters of complaint about parking tickets (the formal name is Parking Control Notice, or PCN for short). My appeals are always rejected initially by the local Council Parking Office, but almost always when I appeal to the Parking Tribunal, the parking fine is dismissed.


Usually the Council Decides Not to Fight it Out in Court

As I have never yet had to attend Court over a parking fine, I have not discovered whether it is because the Council take the view that it's not worth the time and expense going to Court, or whether my written representations are so moving that my light shines out like a beacon.

But it still annoys me, and here's one letter of complaint to Parking Control, in the form of a poem, which I didn't send.

Are You Aware That Unpaid Fines have Dire Consequences?

They will seriously affect your precious credit rating!


These Are Some of the Indirect Consequences That May Arise From Unpaid Fines

Picture the scene:

You are upset and angry because you think you have been treated unjustly, so you refuse to pay your fine.

Did you realize that if you ignore or refuse to pay a parking fine, this will be entered on your credit rating score?

The local authority first sends a letter threatening you with the bailiffs, and we all know what that means.

But thinking it through, what happens when you need to apply for a mortgage? Why, the prospective lenders check your credit rating of course.

What happens if you apply for a job where upright character is imperative? They check virtually everything known about you. This doesn't mean they won't employ you, but they would certainly weigh it up with other factors. Hence my allusions in the poem below to the Police and MI5.

Now you're not laughing so much, are you?

Just for elucidation in the poem:

  • A "Blue Badge" is a badge indicating that the car owner is disabled, and is therefore permitted to park their car free of charge for up to 3 hours in restricted areas where other drivers may not park at all or may have to pay for parking.
  • "OAP" is the English initialism for "Old Age Pensioner".

My Poem: Letter of Complaint to Parking Control

Blue Badge for Parking
Blue Badge for Parking | Source

Letter of Complaint to Parking Control

To Parking Control:

I parked my car at night

With my blue badge displayed

In a disabled bay

Wouldn't you think it was all right?


You'd be right if you thought it was wrong

So what was my heinous crime?

I omitted to second guess you

And didn't display the time.

First you charged me, an OAP,

A hundred pounds, which I wouldn't pay

So you doubled it,

Simultaneously threatening

The bailiffs and

A county court judgment

Which you warned would affect my credit

Shredding my reputation.............

So my punishment would be

A fine greater than my weekly income

Invasion of my castle and

Inability to raise a loan

Or volunteer for the Police force

............Or MI5

If you could impose the death penalty

Would I still be alive?

© Diana Grant 13 September 2009

Some Useful Advice If You Get a Parking Ticket in a Private Car Park (i.e. Off the Road)

See My Zazzle Design About Anger

You Said What???
You Said What??? | Source

Do You Ever Vent Your Anger and Annoyance in Writing?

Have You Ever Written a Poem or Article Inspired by Fury?

See results

© 2010 Diana Grant


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