Autoblog sister site AOL UK reports that a company in London is hiring young drivers to sit double parked in the businesses vans, in an effort to avoid parking fines. As a traffic officer approaches, the drivers simply start up the van and drive away. Aspect.co.uk (a property management firm, as we understand) pays drivers around $12.15 per hour at current conversion rates to sit with the vehicles to avoid fines of up to $182 for illegally parking. Will Davies, the company's owner, says the ploy is within the bound of the law, saying he has gone so far as to clear the effort with traffic authorities.

While he currently uses the scheme to keep company vehicles from getting tickets while work crews carry out their tasks, Davies says he may eventually expand the model to a stand-alone business for the public.


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      RobbieAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ha ha, great to see the free market in action.
      That Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where can I sign up? I don't mind listening to english talk radio, spinning the bend on parking authority all day. They need to bring back parking wars on A&E love that show.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they aren't double-parked on narrow lanes. That always pisses me off, as it makes bad congestion downtown even worse as the traffic behind them has to move into the next lane to get around, all because they can't take the time to find a parking spot or don't want to pay for it.
      stickshiftn69
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow they are really nazi ******** about driving and parking in the UK
      • 1 Year Ago
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      timber
      • 1 Year Ago
      This may be legal mas it's not right. Double parking consists on removing other people liberty. Double parking is not allowed because it blocks traffic. This method does exactly the same thing.
      Neez
      • 1 Year Ago
      So he creates a business that makes traffic congestion even worse in an already heavily congested city. Yea, parliment isn't going to write a new law to put the kibosh on this.
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      This most likely defeats the purpose of those fines to begin with so I'm sure some policy is going to be enacted soon to prevent this.
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      On my commute to work, I routinely encounter restaurant delivery trucks parked in the middle of the lane blocking the traffic. People have to drive around, into the oncoming traffic. Some of them even have balls to bring traffic cones with them. I wonder if the city has laws against this.
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
        From my experience it seems like it depends on what you're doing. Here in SF, you can double park without much issue from cops so long as there isn't any available space along the side of the street and you're actively loading/unloading your vehicle. Often in the city there isn't anywhere to park the vehicle for several blocks, and bringing a dozen packages across those blocks is both inefficient and a liability (theft is a very real thing in the city), therefore the most efficient choice is to stop directly in front of the location, quickly unload/load, and get out. Fortunately, both the locals and police are understanding of this, they just drive around like everyone else. However, if you are saying these delivery vehicles are making a habit of being parked for a long period of time with no one around and cones set up, then I would question the legality of that.
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is an excellent Idea!!!!
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        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        What makes these employees more likely to steal the company car than the other employees?
      Dump
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder how much petrol is saved in the course of a week? Month? He's got drivers parking & going all day - why not just have a specific guy park in a nearby parking lot until the crew needs him.
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