This documentary series about the world of parking follows the work of those in the public and private parking sectors, and tells the stories of motorists involved in parking disputes. The series also follows the tribunals that adjudicate parking disputes between motorists and councils, and the bailiffs who pursue unpaid fines.
In the first episode parking campaigner Mr Mustard helps a 93-year-old man appeal against a fine he’s been given by Barnet Council. At a roadside operation run jointly with the police, bailiff Debbie is confronted by a very angry man – will she be able to confiscate his van? In Lincoln, we meet the team dealing with parking in an increasingly busy city centre. Residents in a quiet Sussex village take direct action to stop commuters to London from parking on their road, which happens to be right next to the station. And in Devon, a businessman has developed a talking parking ticket.
In the Second episode in West Bromwich, residents are up in arms over losing the parking spaces outside their own homes … to the police. The council’s representative braves the wrath of the residents at a public meeting and has a helpful suggestion to make – but will the residents accept? In Devon, one resident drives all over the county trying to ensure that the council sticks to the letter of the parking laws. On a roadside operation in Croydon, the bailiffs try to get £516 off a man who says he only has a pound. Meanwhile, in Selby, local businesses and residents are outraged at the new stricter enforcement of parking controls that see the number of parking tickets (PCNs) issued increase fivefold.
In the third episode at a roadside operation, bailiffs use Automatic Numberplate Recognition to identify and stop cars with outstanding fines. Bailiff Debbie tries to get payment of over £500 from a man who insists he’s already paid the original fine, but has he? Later on, the driver of another car who is stopped for unpaid fines, soon finds himself in deeper water. In south London, Blue Badge Fraud Investigator Steve arranges for a car to be towed away, but the driver arrives just as the car is lifted onto the lorry, and she is not happy…. And in Lyme Regis, the car parks are full to bursting as visitors pour into the town to see the Red Arrows.
In the last episode a traffic penalty tribunal in Sheffield, a driver quotes from the 1689 Bill of Rights in his appeal against a parking ticket. Bailiffs Alan and Paul find a car in Worthing that has 22 outstanding parking tickets on it – will the driver be able to pay the fines, worth over £3000, and keep his car? In Horsham, parking campaigners Mike and Matt use their own money to buy tickets for motorists whose tickets are running out of time, and they have a song to accompany their campaign. In Islington, London, the Black Beret, a masked parking campaigner, is taking the council to court over the wording on its tickets – if he wins, it could mean that the council will have to pay £90 million back to motorists.
A Century Films production for BBC One
4 x 60 minutesSeries ProducerAnna DaviesExecutive ProducerLiesel Evans Filmed and Directed ByLiz AllenPaula WittigEddie Stafford