Paignton man's 'parking angel' plea
A furious motorist who was fined after going minutes over his parking time is calling on people to help others out by buying car parking tickets for those whose tickets are just about to expire.
Roger Clayton came up with the idea after being fined for going seven minutes over his own parking time and now buys tickets for others.
Mr Clayton, from Paignton is now asking others to become “parking meter angels” by putting 50 pence in to get a ticket for a stranger’s car if they notice it is about to run out and they face being fined.
He has already begun by buying a ticket and sticking it on a stranger’s car windscreen in Paignton.
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He said: “It’s something I came across at Paignton beach.
“I saw a traffic warden standing with his machine, so I went over and noticed the car’s ticket was about to run out.
“So I just bought another ticket put it under the car’s windscreen wiper and walked away.
“The traffic warden didn’t say anything – there’s not a lot he could say, really. His face wasn’t very happy though.”
The 47-year-old added: “I’ve heard of this in other countries. I’d like other people to pass it on – spread some good happiness. I felt good.
“We all work hard – if you’ve only got 50 pence to put in a meter or you get stuck in a queue it’s not really your fault you over run your time.”
Speaking of his own experience of being fined, he explained: “I went in to two shops next to each other and I got caught up in a big queue. I was parked four minutes away from the shop and I was seven minutes late.
“If somebody had done it for me it would have saved me £25.”
Mr Clayton added that he didn’t feel he was breaking any laws.
“I’m only buying a ticket and putting it on another car,” he said. “I don’t see how they could stop you really.
“There’s quite a few times I’ve given my ticket with time left on it to another driver.
“I can’t see us being arrested for it.”
His views found support with others in Torbay.
Posting a message on a website, Hazel Smith wrote: “These meters are enough to drive people away from the Bay. I am sure traffic wardens are on commission – it’s really upsetting getting a ticket.
“Nice thought, wish you had been around for me.”
A Torbay Council spokesman told the BBC he did not see the practice as a problem.