Ticket Prank Could Lead To Prosecution Says Police Sergeant
Yesterday a golf buggy driver had an unpleasant surprise when he found a fake notification on the windscreen, claiming he was illegally parked.
There are no yellow parking lines where he stopped on Garrison Lane, alongside the Wesleyan Chapel wall, although stopping in that space did mean some motorists had a tight squeeze to get past.
And if drivers honking their horns didn’t get the message through, what turned out to be a fake parking ticket might have given him something to think about.
The driver went to the police after reading the warning, which threatened to tow and impound the vehicle.
Sgt Colin Taylor says anyone posting prank tickets could potentially do prison time or face a fine.
Colin’s had experience of one of these joke’s backfiring before. In 2011, the police team were unfairly criticised after islanders mistakenly thought they had issued parking tickets on New Year’s Day.
The penalty notices were placed by a local in his fancy dress role as a traffic warden.
The issue only came to light following feedback to the Community Policing Survey, when a resident mentioned what they felt was a mean-spirited, ‘draconian’ approach by local officers.
At the time, Colin says he appreciated the humour but the incident had created a “potentially harmful rumour that could erode trust in my not-so-heavy-handed approach to policing Scilly.”
The police say they always sign genuine parking notifications with their name and badge number.