It seems that UK Parking Control have a serious problem with honesty, with faked photographs now being apparently used in more than one car park. Three cases have now emerged, in just a week.
This can no longer be attributed to the actions of one rogue parking warden eager to earn his commission. Instead, the problem seems to be across the board. If this is proven, then conspiracy to commit fraud may have occurred.
In the latest case, reported in the Stoke Sentinel a motorist was issued a ticket for staying between 9.40am and 11.40am. However, the motorist only visited the supermarket for 10 minutes, and was at home until 11am, then visited a friend before carrying on to the car park..
The time stamped pictures sent to the motorist showed the car surrounded by the exact same cars, including one with its boot open in both photographs, taken at 9.40 and 11.37.
Here is the photo allegedly taken at 9:40. Note the white car to the left, the blue car to the front with the boot open and the black car to the right.
Here is a photo taken at 11:37. Note the black car to the right is the same.
And another picture at 11:37. The white car to the left is the same, and the blue car to the front still has its boot open. After two hours? Who are UK PC trying to kid?
UK Parking Control stated; "All our photographic evidence is time stamped and this cannot be changed."
Obviously this head in the sand attitude is an indication this whole debacle is carrying on with the tacit approval of management.
This continuing situation throws doubt on the whole concept of issuing tickets using SmartPhone technology. Reputable operators urgently need to build safeguards into their apps, such that tickets cannot be issued unless the time is currently synchronised with UK time.
The Parking Prankster
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