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Q about nannies use of car, specifically parking fines!

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spudballoo · 11/01/2007 07:24

I'm just drawing up a contract for my nanny and have a question about her using our car specifically who is liable for any parking fines she may incur.

When I take my son to nursery i park, illegally, in the residents' parking spaces outside. I know this is a risk and I have just decided that a couple of parking fines a year is part of the nursery 'cost' to us, but I am heavily pregnant and have a hernia, carrying him any distance is hard for me.

I was planning on telling the nanny that she should park around the corner in the carpark, but if she choses to park elsewhere and gets a parking ticket (there or indeed anywhere else) then it will be deducted from her salary.

Is that reasonable? And is that the sort of thing I should stipulate in her contract?

thanks for your continuing help.

Spud x

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BradfordMum · 11/01/2007 08:00

It depends on whether she intends to park illegally or not. The fact that you risk it doesn't mean she will. If she gets a ticket, I would exect her to pay it.
Imagine the scenario - every mum is in your position and parks illegally. Chaos.

Can't your son walk? Or maybe put him in a pushchair?

Not everone can afford parking fines I'm afraid. When I was pregnant with my DS, I was on the waiting list for a hip replacement. I managed and never got a fine. I just set off earlier and allowed myself extr time to get my DD to school.


Quootiepie · 11/01/2007 08:01

Of course that's reasonable. What you do is your thing, but, because you do it doesn't mean she can break the law etc. I guess stipulating it in the contract wouldn't hurt xXx


McDreamy · 11/01/2007 08:03

If she parks illegally and gets a fine then I would make her pay, same with speeding. Not sure it really needs to go in her contract as I've never had to do anything like that but I guess if it's there and she does some sort of fine there is no question of who is responsible for the payment.


Bozza · 11/01/2007 08:22

I think when you are first showing her round etc, you should carefully stipulate where she should park so that she realises that she shouldn't be parking in the residents spaces and doesn't just automatically follow your lead. In fact on that occasion you could park in the car park given that the nanny will be there to help with DS.

How old is your DS? Is he not walking yet?


spudballoo · 11/01/2007 09:16

Thanks all. He's 16 months, walking, but not reliably in the right direction, often wants a lift up etc. I will ask her to use the car park.

I risk it because of the pain that I am in, and am waiting for my blue badge application to be processed. I know I shouldn't go in the residents' parking spaces! Naughty.


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Bozza · 11/01/2007 09:18

I think the main thing is to spell it out to her. And then if she does get a fine she can't implicate you.


dmo · 11/01/2007 09:29

are you going to pay for the car park for her?


jura · 11/01/2007 09:41

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spudballoo · 11/01/2007 09:44

The car park is free. If it wasn't then of course I would pay, equally if she has to go somewhere where there are meters of course I would pay for that!

Jura, sounds like my H. Parked outside his office one weekend, got a ticket. Moved it across the street. Got a ticket. Didn't notice. Got it clamped. Didn't notice. Got it towed away. Can't remember how much it was in the end but way over £250.....

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nannyj · 11/01/2007 11:13

Just make it clear that she has to park in the legal area and if she doesn't then she is liable for the fine. What you do in your car is your business and you can pay the fine if you want to chance it. The only time i would expect my boss to pay a fine for me is if she asked me to park somewhere i shouldn't or made me late for some reason. In my first few weeks of my job i didn't read a suspended parking bay properly, totally my fault and paid the fine.

Certainly can't hurt to pop it in the contract. It's best to be clear at the beginning.

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