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Tried to start a parking war...

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FairfaxAikman Thu 09-Feb-17 15:50:02

Annihilated the enemy with the first F bomb.


Private car park, land jointly owned by the flat owners. 10 minutes walk from the city centre. Can't install a barrier as it has a public road running through the middle.
For months we have had a BMW park here and go to work in the city. He ignored the tickets issued by the private parking firm employed by the owners association and no one was able to catch him to talk to him.

Hacked off, I posted a big notice stating "This is not a park and ride facility, it's private property. If you want to park here but a flat, otherwise FUCK OFF". As it was raining it was plastered to his windscreen.

That was two days ago and he hasn't parked there since.
AIBU to be disappointed that I didn't get a Jenny-and-Jolly style war?

FairfaxAikman Thu 09-Feb-17 15:51:05

* buy a flat

BreakfastAtSquiffanys Thu 09-Feb-17 15:55:02

He's away on holiday and will be back in two weeks

pipsqueak25 Thu 09-Feb-17 16:11:35

upate when he gets back from hols otherwise this is going to be the parking war....that never was ! grin

pipsqueak25 Thu 09-Feb-17 16:11:57

*update blush

roseshippy Thu 09-Feb-17 16:12:28

ooh, more parking threads.

OnceUponATimeInLondon Thu 09-Feb-17 16:16:03

Exact same situation - been wondering how to deal with it - thank OP!

roseshippy Thu 09-Feb-17 16:17:57

I think the normal thing is:

day 1 - rude note on windscreen
day 2 - car gets vandalised.

not suggesting it, but unless the BMW is an old shitheap he presumably would be worried???

JinnanTonik Thu 09-Feb-17 16:20:46

Report it as abandoned if it returns....... smile

FireInTheHead Thu 09-Feb-17 16:54:03

I'm confused - admittedly not an unprecedented state for me - but shouldn't the private parking firm you are paying have signs up saying "unauthorised vehicles will be towed or clamped" or something? In view of the fact the same driver is a repeat offender and has previously ignored tickets, they sound pretty useless to me. You don't have a parking war problem you have a parking firm problem.

BuggerLumpsAnnoyed Thu 09-Feb-17 16:56:59

Private firms can't clamps they can't really do anything. The only car parks that can issue tickets that you legally have to back are council owned ones.

FairfaxAikman Thu 09-Feb-17 17:05:11

Fire we are in Scotland where neither is a legal practice

Bugger I know this (due to work I know a lot of the ins and outs of the legal situation) and would rather not have them, but have to abide by the majority decision. TBF it does stop the majority (there's one arsehole who lives nearby who ignores all tickets and notes) as they get one ticket and never do it again.

FireInTheHead Thu 09-Feb-17 17:12:43

Oh ok, thanks for explaining. I'm in the USA here so it's very different. <files info away for next visit to UK>
So, employing a parking firm is just a waste of money since drivers must know they have no teeth and can't enforce the tickets they issue. I'd also be asking the home association board what's the point?

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 09-Feb-17 17:15:35

Mr BMW is now driving his wife's car in a bid to fool you. It'll be the Mini parked up the corner wink.

Rollercoaster1920 Thu 09-Feb-17 17:18:36

Very sticky stickers on the wind screen. Not vandalism, but annoying.

c3pu Thu 09-Feb-17 17:52:24

Let the air out of his tyres, one tyre per day.

akkakk Thu 09-Feb-17 18:02:01

if land owners contract with a parking firm, it is now possible to pursue to court the law changed recently - however contract / signs / tickets etc. all have to be done correctly...

FairfaxAikman Thu 09-Feb-17 18:04:24

Only in England Akkakk.
In Scotland they can only pursue the driver, not the keeper, and there is no requirement for the keeper to identify the driver. If they cannot prove who the driver is then there's nothing they can do.

Creampastry Thu 09-Feb-17 18:06:09

Collect all the junk mail leaflets and put them on his windscreen

CigarsofthePharoahs Thu 09-Feb-17 18:44:46

Yogurt. Spray it on the windscreen so it looks like bird poo. When it dries out, it's a pain to get off.

MumW Thu 09-Feb-17 18:53:34

Apparently, if you stick a plastic mouth organ to the radiator grill then it makes an irratating high pitched whistle as the car moves along confusing the hell out of the driver without doing any damage!

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