Man cuts his own Fiesta in half to protest it being clamped outside his house
12 May 2008

A Gloucester man cut his Ford Fiesta in half with an angle-grinder in protest at it being clamped outside his home.When traffic wardens threatened to tow away his untaxed Fiesta, builder Ian Taylor asked them: "Which half do you want?" Mr Taylor says the car was parked in his drive, but wardens from NCP Services claimed it had a wheel poking onto the pavement. Mr Taylor, from Tredworth, Gloc, then took drastic action and cut the Fiesta up, saying he intended to scrap it anyway. It had been declared SORN and off the road."We tried to talk to NCP. I said, 'you're not taking it.' I got my cutter and cut it in half," he explained."I'm happy I got one over on them. They're jobsworths, for the sake of an inch and a half on the path."

Will Powell

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mpw

12 May 2008

What an arse! If part of the car was on the footpath and NCP Services acted within their remit, then they're still gonna go after him for the release/towing fees etc. who's gonna have the last laugh then?

12 May 2008

Good on you Ian - I love that you had the guts. Hilarious!

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12 May 2008

Is he "being an arse" or are the Parking-Stazi a profession based on "being excruciatingly anal"?

A "wheel was on the pavement". That sounds like the end of society to me. Well worth a £75 fine and a £200 clamping bill.

I've had the front 2" of my car on a yellow and been ticketed. I've been ticketed at 6pm when I parked at 3mins to 6 and the "free parking" started at 6pm - apparently Wardens are supposed to stand by your car for 3 to 5 mins (depending on which day-glow yellow vulture you speak to) which was an impossibility.

Traffic Wardens get huge abuse. Good. Traffic Wardens are hated. I can understand this. What is the problem? Councils deceiptfully and deliberately removing parking places and increasing the numbers of these scavanging cancer cells on the streets. Half the population of Londons back streets are yellow cancer cells looking for revenue.

Solve the problem by providing more parking not parasites. Take us forward. Not backward. Solve issues. Don't escalate them. Vote out pinheads. Vote in Councillers that provide solutions rather than devide. End this scam.

mpw

12 May 2008

[quote JJBoxster]...A "wheel was on the pavement". That sounds like the end of society to me...[/quote] What right does somebody have to block the footpath that others use, including those in wheelchairs, the blind, prams etc. etc.? [quote JJBoxster]...I've had the front 2" of my car on a yellow and been ticketed...[/quote] So you admit you were over the yellow line then. I've worked in an office that hears the complaints from drivers who have received excess charges for bad parking. I could show you a hundred examples of people who say "I was only a couple of inches over the line/only there 2mins. etc" And then have proof that they were no where near their claims. One guy claimed inches, when he was a measure 6feet over a line. Seriously I've heard every excuse and I know that the majority of claims are lies, not even a different interpretation or mistake, just bare-faced lies. Those people you're glad receive abuse, those cancer cells and vultures out looking for revenue are only doing the job asked of them by those generally trying to do what is best and safest for the community at large. Your attitude, in my opinion, puts you in the same group as the thieving, lying, arrogant scum that I often had to deal with day in day out that to be honest did not have the mental capacity to understand the issues at hand or effectively argue any valid point. That's not to say there aren't rouge Parking Control Officers out there just as there are rouges in any and every profession, but where's the evidence in this case? you're jumping to stupid assumptions.

13 May 2008

MPW - Clearly I and the vast majority of "thieving lying arrogant scum" (the local community that hates your insiduous money thieving guts) have got you yellow cancer cells down completely wrong!! Sorry, what a MISTAKE, accept my apologies from millions of motorists across the nation with exactly the same opinion.

Could you just point out any other sector of the government that gets abuse and invective from so many normally upstanding members of the community?

I've also been ticketed, correctly, for parking overtime. I rolled up to 2 wardens on the spot and was told implicitly I just had to pay the fine and it was alright to leave the car for 10-20mins. When I came back 20mins later my car had been towed - £250! Who's the lying scum pinhead?

You claim the yellow cancer cells are "trying to do what is best and safest for the community at large".

1. What is "best" for the community - build parking spaces or taking them away?

2. What is "safest" for the community - what's the "danger" to the community of an overparked car or one parked 2 foot over a yellow line precisely?

3. Are the Councillors "trying to do their best" by investing in parking - how many parking spaces has your local council added in the past 5 years?

4. How many parking spaces have they taken away and painted yellow lines across over the last 5 years?

5. How much revenue has your Council raised - what %percentage is put back into new parking spaces?

6. Westminster Thieving Council ripped over £200M last year off overparked motorists. The back of the tickets claims the money is "re-invested in improving the roads". How many new parking places have W.C. provided in that £200M per year ?

7. Are scumbag attitudes like yours (crime and fine rather than sove the problem) part of the solution or 100% responsible for the problem?

8. How much longer can Councils get away with this national scam/theft/deceipt?

I noticed as Labour got hammered in the Council elections how troll after party troll came out saying how much they "want to listen" to their community about what's going wrong. Any chance they could follow a cancer cell around for a day to see what cheeses the motorist off most and doing something about this legalised parasitical fraud?

I could solve this 'problem' with 1 years revenue you snivelling jobsworths ripp off motorists.

mpw

13 May 2008

[quote JJBoxster]Clearly I and the vast majority of "thieving lying arrogant scum" (the local community that hates your insiduous money thieving guts) have got you yellow cancer cells down completely wrong!! Sorry, what a MISTAKE, accept my apologies from millions of motorists across the nation with exactly the same opinion...[/quote] You claim the vast majority of 'the local community' are thieving, lying arrogant scum along with yourself. I would hazard a guess 'the local community' don't thank you for the slur, and don't want you talking for them. [quote JJBoxster]...Could you just point out any other sector of the government that gets abuse and invective from so many normally upstanding members of the community?...[/quote] By 'normally upstanding' I assume you're NOT talking about those that park illegally then rant, bile filled on the internet about unfair it is that they have to fit in to society without special dispensation?? I guess other people who get unwarranted abuse could include politicians, tax collectors, the NHS, etc. etc. all easy targets at times, but all very necessary parts of society in the UK. The thing is nobody ever praises work done well, so you only ever hear negative comments.[quote JJBoxster]I've also been ticketed, correctly, for parking overtime. I rolled up to 2 wardens on the spot and was told implicitly I just had to pay the fine and it was alright to leave the car for 10-20mins. When I came back 20mins later my car had been towed - £250! Who's the lying scum pinhead[/quote] So you admit fault, then ask if you can have further 'free' parking to which the wardens said you could have '10-20mins'; yeah they were wrong to allow you this free parking, but then you still took the 20mins didn't you? Why not just move your car? why not come back 10mins later? or 18mins? As I've said before I KNOW that people lie and or have no concept of time when I've heard complaints in the past, claiming 2mins. when they've been an hour, and I'm not going to call you a liar in regard to this particular occasion, but I wouldn't be surprised to find you were longer than you think. Also, like I said, those wardens shouldn't have told you you could stay the extra time as the consequences were not in their hands, they may have been trying to do you a favour, but their judgement was off on this occasion. [quote JJBoxster]...You claim the yellow cancer cells are "trying to do what is best and safest for the community at large"...[/quote] I won't repeat each point, but I'll try to answer each in turn: 1) Either depending on policy. If there's a need for more spaces then more spaces would of course be best, but where is a planning issue and not the responsibility of the guy in the street doing his job that you incite people to abuse without good reason. 2) If an area is deemed unsafe to park in then the danger could be in obscuring the view of other road users, obstructing emergency vehicles etc. etc. 3)Where they can, yes. Approx. 400, with 800 more as part of planned development giving a net gain over ten years of around 600 publicly managed spaces. In addition plans have been approved for double that to be provided with private partnerships over the same period. 4) Don't have accurate figures, but I'd guess at 100. I don't agree in every case, but the reason has been for better traffic flow and safety. You do realise that the raw number of parking spaces available doesn't improve the traffic congestion in some areas and that traffic, and town, planning is a complex beast? 5) I don't have an accurate figure, but I would conservatively estimate that more than 100% of revenue raised from parking charges both standard and excess has been spent on parking provision and traffic planning. 6) No idea. 7) Thanks again for the personal insults. In answer to your question hidden in the insult I'd say categorically that punishing those who commit offenses is definitely part of the solution, if you don't agree then I really don't know what to say, other than refer you too my previous comment on mental capacity. 8) There's no scam/theft/deceit that they're getting away with, how long can you delude yourself? unnumbered) Maybe YOU should spend some time in their shoes before you troll about spouting hate and BS. I bet you couldn't, but I'd love to hear you fantasy plan to spend £200m in Westminster, abolish parking fines and provide parking for all exactly where they want, when they want it. EDIT: BTW If you can really put forward that plan, answering the two question I put to you in my 2nd post, but that you avoid answering, should be a doddle.

13 May 2008

MTW - twas you my deluded 'public servant' calling the local community "thieving lying arrogant scum". You are universally hated, and its fully deserved, by everyone from van drivers, Mondeo man to old grannies. You'd think the message would sink into the thick ignorant skulls at your Department and amongst corrupt Councillers that there may be a problem here. Take a hint pinhead.

Your answers are the usual sad and sorry mix of opaque poltical generalisations - "trying to do what is best and safest for the community" - and cherry picking hyperbole - "blocking emergency vehicle exits" - is just lame deception of the community you fail to serve, fail to improve and fail to take part in on an honest and productive basis.

You say "trying to do what is best and safest for the community at large". Justify a £50 ticket for being 3mins late? That's not to pay for time spent. The £50 is to pay for the proliferation of the cancerous parasitic growth in beauracracy on the streets and in the ivory towers to administer one of the most unjustifiable and destructive Departments in Government.

Your 'official figures about improving parking spaces are the usual disingenuous BS. The community can see parking places being yellow lined over, completely unneccessary super-pavements being built losing further parking for pedsetrians of which there are none. You call it 'road architecture and public space'. I call it an anti-car agenda and a waste of space and money for road users.

I would indeed love to spend some time as traffic warden. I' be sacked for not applying the law like an ars*hole and not meeting revenue targets to pay for the legalised parasitic bearacrats in your dead end Department of thieiving government scum.

mpw

13 May 2008

[quote JJBoxster]twas you my deluded 'public servant' calling the local community "thieving lying arrogant scum"...[/quote] Errr, no it wasn't, it was you. [quote JJBoxster]...your Department...[/quote] My department?? What are you talking about, where did I claim to work for any government department? I again refer you to my previous questioning of your mental capacity to take part coherently in this argument. [quote JJBoxster]...Your answers are the usual sad and sorry mix of opaque poltical generalisations...[/quote] WTF? Generalisations? maybe, but generally correct too. Where are your searingly insightful arguments? you've failed to answer my questions, I suspect because you can't argue with reason. [quote JJBoxster]...Justify a £50 ticket for being 3mins late? That's not to pay for time spent...[/quote] It's justified if it's the charge for being 3mins. late, and you're right it's not for time spent; it's a charge for being there when you shouldn't have been. [quote JJBoxster]...Your 'official figures about improving parking spaces are the usual disingenuous BS...[/quote] So you ask me for figures, I provide figures (never claiming any official status) and you say they're BS? Well in comparison to your figures..... oh, you haven't provided any reasoned argument to compare too have you? You claim to have all the answers and to speak for the people; why don't you stand for election and sort out all the problems, LOL!!

14 May 2008

MPW - This was your first post in this thread "Your attitude, in my opinion, puts you in the same group as the thieving, lying, arrogant scum that I often had to deal with day in day out that to be honest did not have the mental capacity to understand the issues at hand or effectively argue any valid point."

You say you DON'T work in parking but you state clearly "I often had to deal with day in day out" - so how were you dealing with this scum - a fly on the wall maybe?

You also claimed I said the community was "thieving, lying, arrogant scum" - no twas YOU. Maybe you suffer a bit too much with memory loss, that's 2 already!!

You say the community "does not have the mental capacity to understand the issues at hand ". My point is it's you thick/ignorant/money-grabbing Empire builders that's missing the f**king point - and you're too deaf to listen or get it.

You are 'public servants' who are hated by the community you operate in for your hyper-anal parasitical actions that DO NOT serve the community - it's time you tried to understand what the community is shouting at you!.

Because you don't seem to understand charging £50 for under 5mins parked overtime "does not fit the crime - I'd bet money 90% of your hyper-anal vultures issue tickets in under 5mins of parking overtime (as my expeience and observation demonstrates) - which is not a "crime" and serves the community no benefit whatsoever.

You also miss the BIG point. Parking is a SERVICE to the community. It means people can circulate and park and spend money in shops, meet up, exchange ideas etc. By reducing parking (as Councils have done) you reduce community and economic activity.

So by your slight of hand and deception to remove parking with the aim to increase parking fines you impoverish the community socially and economically in addition to building an Empire of parasitical anal beauracrats living off the back of the community - the OPPOSITE of your self-important gogwash of 'protecting the community. They community universally hate you for GOOD REASONS.

mpw

14 May 2008

You're an idiot. You can't read what I've written, you can't counter coherently any of my points and every post you make is just bile filled unwarranted abuse. I won't bother trying to argue any of the reasonable points of the issue with you, just as I wouldn't bother arguing with a child or a drunk, because it's pointless.

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