Vandals deface signs to avoid parking fines

Oxford Mail: Vandals deface signs to avoid parking fines Vandals deface signs to avoid parking fines

VANDALS have left residents’ parking restrictions unenforceable after spray painting signs in East Oxford.

Six signs which inform drivers about residents’ parking schemes and time restrictions in Cave Street, Little Brewery Street and Cherwell Street have had silver car paint sprayed over them.

Last night tradesmen were blamed for the criminal damage with allegations they may have defaced the signs to avoid getting permits.

St Clement’s councillor Graham Jones called for police intervention.

He said: “It looks like it’s probably trade vehicle drivers trying to get around the fact they didn’t take the time to get a permit for the week.

“There is a maximum of two permits per street for trade vehicles, and there are a lot around at the moment because all the student housing is being refurbished.

“I raised this a few months ago with the council, and the city board member for Cleaner Greener Oxford , John Tanner, agreed it was a problem.

“I think that if there is evidence, that’s a good reason for the police to be involved.”

But a Thames Valley Police spokesman said the force had had no reports of criminal damage in any of the streets.

The vandalism has also angered residents, who say the resulting lack of enforcement could cause problems in their already-busy streets.

Annetta Badcock, 92, of Cherwell Street, said: “I think it’s wrong. There are lots of students up and down this road and they have cars, and they will park everywhere.”

Blue-badge holder Debbie Clarke, 51, also of Cherwell Street, said: “We had work done to our house, and we gave them a visitors’ permit, and that’s what everyone should have to do.”

In the last year, about 100 parking signs have been defaced in the city, according to the county council.

There are estimated to be 80,000 to 100,000 parking signs in Oxford.

County council spokesman Paul Smith said the authority would not enforce parking restrictions in the streets in question until the signs were cleaned or replaced.

He said: “Our parking attendants always take photographs of cars that have been parked illegally and the nearest sign pointing out that this is a controlled parking zone and a permit is required.

“If a sign has been tampered with a ticket would not be issued by an attendant. If a member of the public came to us with a parking ticket and a photograph showing their car and a nearby sign that had been vandalised leading them to believe they could park without a permit, we could cancel that ticket.

“If there was a general issue with signage on any given street or any given area of Oxford, we would not undertake parking enforcement until the problem had been rectified. If residents spot a sign that has been defaced, we’re always grateful to hear about it from residents.”

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10:58am Sat 15 Sep 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

I would always have been nervous about parking near a relevant sign that had been defaced. This is quite reassuring.

These signs are all devoid of any form of branding. What's to stop dodgy residents from buying a sign on ebay and switching a "2 hours & no return etc" plate to a residents only sign?
I would always have been nervous about parking near a relevant sign that had been defaced. This is quite reassuring. These signs are all devoid of any form of branding. What's to stop dodgy residents from buying a sign on ebay and switching a "2 hours & no return etc" plate to a residents only sign? Andrew:Oxford

1:58pm Sat 15 Sep 12

Myron Blatz says...

About time a LibDem Councillor starting acting upon what people actually need and want - after all, LibDems are supposed to be the official Oppostion Party on both Oxford City and Oxfordshire County Councils. People won't vote for your Party, Cllr Jones, if they think you are all asleep between elections!
About time a LibDem Councillor starting acting upon what people actually need and want - after all, LibDems are supposed to be the official Oppostion Party on both Oxford City and Oxfordshire County Councils. People won't vote for your Party, Cllr Jones, if they think you are all asleep between elections! Myron Blatz

5:55pm Sun 16 Sep 12

EMBOX1 says...

"There are estimated to be 80,000 to 100,000 parking signs in Oxford. "

I hate to think what they cost, but it shows you just how absurd parking in Oxford has become. We all know the city wasn't designed with the car in mind, but maybe we need to think more about how to get people out of the car. If it means free parking at P&R sites, and even heavily subsidised bus rides in to the city...why not?

Also stop persecuting drivers who use Thornhill for the London/Airport coaches. That is what it was meant for!
"There are estimated to be 80,000 to 100,000 parking signs in Oxford. " I hate to think what they cost, but it shows you just how absurd parking in Oxford has become. We all know the city wasn't designed with the car in mind, but maybe we need to think more about how to get people out of the car. If it means free parking at P&R sites, and even heavily subsidised bus rides in to the city...why not? Also stop persecuting drivers who use Thornhill for the London/Airport coaches. That is what it was meant for! EMBOX1

6:02pm Sun 16 Sep 12

ger elttil OX2 0EJ says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
I would always have been nervous about parking near a relevant sign that had been defaced. This is quite reassuring.

These signs are all devoid of any form of branding. What's to stop dodgy residents from buying a sign on ebay and switching a "2 hours & no return etc" plate to a residents only sign?
Don't worry both road markings and signs must correspond, to be enforceable. And quite a few are wrong over Oxford, such as outside Boots on Cowley Road, the sign says Parking for 30 minutes, the road marking says Loading Bay Only. So either way nobody gets a ticket. The wardens don't know the law, so fight every one you get. A friend of mine got a ticket for parking his Taxi on High Street Taxi Rank, The sign clearly states "no stopping except Taxis" You can guess what happened to that ticket.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: I would always have been nervous about parking near a relevant sign that had been defaced. This is quite reassuring. These signs are all devoid of any form of branding. What's to stop dodgy residents from buying a sign on ebay and switching a "2 hours & no return etc" plate to a residents only sign?[/p][/quote]Don't worry both road markings and signs must correspond, to be enforceable. And quite a few are wrong over Oxford, such as outside Boots on Cowley Road, the sign says Parking for 30 minutes, the road marking says Loading Bay Only. So either way nobody gets a ticket. The wardens don't know the law, so fight every one you get. A friend of mine got a ticket for parking his Taxi on High Street Taxi Rank, The sign clearly states "no stopping except Taxis" You can guess what happened to that ticket. ger elttil OX2 0EJ

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