White van left in 1-hour max parking space for three months

Vehicle plastered with stickers - but council 'can't do anything'

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A white van left in a 1-hour max parking space for THREE MONTHS plastered with stickers is causing havoc - but the local council say they 'can't do anything' about it.

The work van - which is leaking oil into drains and taking up parking used by customers of nearby shops in Plymouth - has notices all over it saying 'abandoned vehicle', 'parking fine' and 'remove me'.

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But Plymouth City Council insists that because it is taxed and has an MoT all they can do is 'enter discussions' with the owner.

Local residents are believed to be behind the stickers urging them to get rid of the van - including an over-sized fixed penalty notice stuck to the windscreen.

The large black and yellow signs also alert the council to the fact that many believe it's been illegally parked for three months, The Plymouth Herald reports.

The white van had been gaining parking tickets and leaking oil onto the city's Exeter Street for a number of weeks before a former IT technician who passes the spot most days told The Herald he thought the owner was "taking the Michael".

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He believed the vehicle had not moved for months - and in response the council said it would be "entering discussions" with the owner about their behaviour.

The worker, who wished to stay anonymous, reported the vehicle through the Plymouth City Council mobile phone app on June 7.

The van now has bold lettering saying "Plymouth City Council - Remove me! Three months and still here!"

And it is labelled as an "abandoned vehicle"

The council meanwhile says it did not place the stickers on the van - and is keen to see them removed by its registered keeper.

The eyewitness previously told The Herald: "We had severe heavy rain fall which caused the oil that was leaking from the engine to wash into the drains.

"I tried to report it to South West Water, however the company sadly has no control over the city road drains and it is only dealt with via the highways department within the council.

"The council was subsequently called and said it would send someone out as soon as possible that evening to put an environmental pack around the spill to contain it and stop it getting into the waste surface water."

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The man said that this action was not carried out - and the council had no record of the oil complaint.

He added: "Roll on several weeks - now within the past week it has been ticketed finally for breaching the one hour no return parking limit.

"It took two months for the first ticket to appear. To date there are now four tickets stuck to the screen, but nothing further has been done.

"Sadly, it's not technically classed as abandoned. as it is taxed and has an MOT.

"This however doesn't give it reason to block the public highway.

"After two months, I think he's taking the Michael."

But according to the resident, local businesses are suffering from the van taking up the spot for long periods of time.

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The Herald

He said: "It's costing one business at least £100 a day in lost revenue due to customers not being able to park up to purchase items - the shops on Exeter Street already suffer hard enough with out this extra problem.

"This adds insult to injury with the council's new parking permits, where businesses within the permit zone can't park vehicles there for longer than two or four hours, they have to park some distance away from there premises for an eight hour parking window.

"This is one of many vehicles that keeps being abandoned on Exeter Street, however it has taken the record for the longest time for any action."

A Plymouth City Council spokesman said at the time: "We are aware of an on-going parking issue in Exeter Street.

"We have identified the owner of the vehicle and will be entering discussions with them about their parking practices.

"In the meantime, we will be increasing patrols of the area."

A council spokesman has since said: "The stickers seen on the van were not placed there by us.

"We are currently in dialogue with the registered keeper to encourage the removal of the vehicle."

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