Dad’s ticket anger over ‘speedy’ parking attendant

Michael Day, pictured at the loading bay, Mary Street, Sunderland, who was wrongly given a parking ticket when leaving his car in a loading bay outside the Post Office while picking up a package. In an argument with a traffic enforcement officer he was then arrested for swearing. The parking ticket has since been rescinded but he is unhappy at his treatment.

Michael Day, pictured at the loading bay, Mary Street, Sunderland, who was wrongly given a parking ticket when leaving his car in a loading bay outside the Post Office while picking up a package. In an argument with a traffic enforcement officer he was then arrested for swearing. The parking ticket has since been rescinded but he is unhappy at his treatment.

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A DAD claims he was unfairly treated by a parking attendant as he picked up a package from a Sunderland sorting office.

Michael Day parked his car in a loading bay outside the post office in Mary Street, near Park Lane, to make a collection.

After going into the address to pick up the item, he came back out to find an enforcement officer writing out a ticket.

Michael, a domestic appliance engineer, said: “I was only in the place for 30 seconds when I realised I’d left my phone in the car.

“When I saw what he was doing, he told me he was giving me a ticket because I was parking in a loading bay.

“But I know that you are supposed to allow five minutes for people to get back to their cars.

“I said to him ‘You aren’t giving me a ticket?’ and he replied ‘yes I am’.”

Mr Day, of Fulwell, admits he then became involved in a heated argument with the officer and used bad language as he was issued with the ticket. He has since accepted a caution from police over the incident, although the parking ticket has now been rescinded after he appealed.

“It’s now been rescinded because I proved I was parking legally,” said Mr Day, a dad-of-one.

“I just think the attitude of these officers is to give tickets out as much as they possibly can.”

Council bosses today said they have a different version of events to what Mr Day says happened.

Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for city services, Coun Michael Mordey, said: “The Highway Code sets down a series of obligations for motorists when it comes to parking.

“The council has a different version of events around this incident before the Penalty Charge Notice was issued.

“There is an appeals process for anyone who thinks a notice has been issued unfairly.”