Parking on zig zag lines

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Q: I recently received a summons for parking in a pedestrian crossing zig zag line zone.

It was the only place I could pull up without obstructing private car parks, junctions, an exit from a roundabout and people's private property.

I left my friend in the van with the engine running. I was gone for just a minute or two then returned to find a very irate policeman had moved my van.

Is he allowed to do this or is it taking without consent and will this aid my case if I mention it?

He was shouting at people driving past and then shouted at me when I asked him for help. He has a responsibility to the community to help but he refused.

He parked up obstructing the entrance to a private car park on double yellow lines.

There is no defence if you accept you stopped on the zig zags

A: This is a strict liability offence, so there is no defence if you accept you stopped on the zig zags.

The police take these matters very seriously as it causes a major safety risk for pedestrians.

The court will have little sympathy for your difficulties in parking. The court won't be more lenient because you found it difficult to park elsewhere or because the officer was really angry with you.

Don't make reference to the officer stopping on a double yellow. He only did that to get you to move off the zig zags and it will just irritate the court.

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