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Poem: Letter of Complaint to Parking Control
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.
Did you Know That Unpaid Fines have Dire Consequences?
They will seriously affect your precious credit rating
Unpaid Fines May Have Indirect Consequences
Picture the scene:
You are 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, they 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, "OAP" is the English initialism for "Old Age Pensioner"
Letter of Complaint to Parking Control - To Parking Control - my Poem
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,
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
If you could impose the death penalty
Would I still be alive?
© Diana Grant 13 September 2009
And if the Anger Really Gets to You, How About one of These Books? - Uncontrolled anger is problematic, but remember that anger can also act as a spur to get th
The trouble is, when you are that angry, you are unlikely to want a book about anger, but maybe your nearest and dearest could read it out loud to you in one of your moments of calm!
Further Links about Parking Control
- How to get revenge for your parking ticket - Telegraph 19 July 2009
You can turn the tables on councils that play fast and loose with the law, says Philip Johnston
- Private Parking Company PCN information
This hub is a guide to what to do if you receive a Parking Charge Notice. A PCN issued by a PPC is NOT legally enforceable (despite what they may tell you). PPC's know this, but rely on the fear-factor to scare people into paying.
See my Zazzle Designs About Anger and the Law
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This photo-design is actually taken from an old copperplate manuscript of a legal conveyance which I used to own as part of a collection of legal documents