Driver deliberately parked on faded yellow double lines for FIVE YEARS, claiming they were ‘invalid’

A driver threatens to sue his local council after slapping him with more than £ 400 in fines because he deliberately parked on faded yellow double lines for five years.

David Lamprell, 39, claims he took advantage of a legal loophole by squeezing his car into a “gap” in the yellow lines in front of his home in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

However, he was inundated with tickets and received six £ 70 notices in just three months.

Photos taken by traffic officers show his Ford Fiesta parked on a small plot where two double yellow lines have faded.

The mechanical engineer claims that the parking restrictions are invalid because the weathered marks have been “broken”.

David Lamprell believes he took advantage of a legal loophole to drive his car into a “gap” in the markings in front of his home in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

Mechanical Engineer Says Parking Restrictions Are Invalid Because Altered Marks Have Been

Mechanical Engineer Says Parking Restrictions Are Invalid Because Altered Marks Have Been “Broken”

However, he was inundated with tickets and received six £ 70 notices in just three months.

However, he was inundated with tickets and received six £ 70 notices in just three months.

After his latest fine, he sent Southend-on-Sea Borough Council a strongly worded email demanding an apology.

In the memo, he ordered staff to be retrained on parking laws, that all fines be revoked and even threatened that he would sue the council in court to seek compensation for the “stress” of appealing against them. fines because of what he “lives”.

Southend-on-Sea council told him that “the faded yellow lines do not mean the restriction is not valid”, and has dismissed all appeals so far.

The AA and the road safety charity AIM RoadSmart both believe there are enough yellow lines on the road for fines to be enforced.

Can you park on faded yellow double lines?

Double yellow lines mean parking is restricted 24/7.

However, if the lines are sufficiently blurred, then a driver can question any fine imposed for parking there.

It all depends on the wear of the lines and whether they are still visible.

If the wear is light, the courts will probably say that it is so minimal that it does not change the legality of the lines.

But if the damage is more severe, it would ultimately be up to the courts to decide whether this would affect the legality of the lines.

If you get a ticket and think it is unfair, be sure to take clear, detailed photographs of the location and the parking signs associated with the lines.

You can then appeal, but you may have to sue the local authority if they don’t agree that the lines are faded enough.


Despite this, the mechanical engineer insisted that the board “does not get a dime” even if the matter is taken to court.

After being criticized online, the father-of-three fought back, saying he “did not avoid the law, but stuck to it”.

David, from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, said: “I’m not trying to avoid the law, I actually stand by the law.

“People think ‘it’s double yellow lines and it’s the end’ and you can’t fight the system, but I’ve been dealing with the system for a long time now.

“I looked at the law and it says if the double yellow line is broken I can park on it, so I parked on it. They are completely gone. It is not about what was there. It’s about what is there now.

“Previously they were a little better but they were still broken, otherwise I wouldn’t have parked there. Since then, they’ve painted them once but haven’t really painted where the gap is.

“The lines run around the corner of my house at a dead end road, so I don’t know why they are there in the first place. There is hardly any traffic off the road. It’s dead.

“The board cannot bend the law at their convenience to get their money. I think they just fined me for a little extra money. I have no doubt about it.

“It’s just frustrating because it wastes my time. I work 12 hours, four days, four nights, then four days off, and on the days I go downstairs, I have errands to do and I have to take care of the children.

“Now I have to spend my time talking to the board and emailing people to tell them it’s not double yellow lines. The photos they send me show the lines are broken. I had enough.

“If the law says you can’t get a ticket to be on the double yellow lines, then you can’t. No matter what they are trying to push you, you have to let them know that they are not right.

“People don’t understand my situation. I don’t have another place to park, so I had to find a place to park. We have applied for parking permits several times, but have been refused each time.

“They don’t get a dime from me. I have dealt with people before and have been pushed around. I have learned each time what I can and cannot do.

“That’s what the courts are there for and I would be convinced that if it came to that, everything would be fine. I don’t have a single concern about this.

“I think the council should retrain its staff to obey the law because they cannot issue tickets for people who know the law. I’m fine because I’m 39 but what about the elderly?

“I’m not going to allow the board or anyone else to push me around when I know I’m right.”

The council reached out to David earlier this week to explain, “You cannot expect a borough to have pristine lines in all places due to the size of the boroughs.”

Southend-on-Sea council told him that

Southend-on-Sea council told him “the faded yellow lines do not mean the restriction is not valid”, and has dismissed all appeals so far

David says he uses the space at least 10 hours a day and sometimes 24 hours when he’s not working that day.

He claims his street is one of the few near the city center without a parking permit system, so visiting motorists take up the space not covered by the double yellow lines.

David said, “It’s a game of poker for them. Who has the most nerves? So when it goes to court, the first thing I will do is file a counterclaim for the same amount they filed for.

“They’re going to sit there and go, ‘is it really worth it or should we just paint the lines?’ because they’ll still have to pay to have the lines painted if I’m right.

“They raised my first ticket to £ 105 so if they all do it with them it’s a reasonable amount.

“If they’re going to sit there and charge me this amount for something they can’t bother to do, then I’m going to think that’s the right amount for stress.”

“They are already getting tax money to make sure I don’t have to go through this.”

However, Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart, said: “In this case, I don’t think the driver has a very good record.

“The double yellow lines are clearly in place along the road and the worn patch is just that – a short worn patch. Every driver should be aware that double yellow lines do not stop in short sections unless they are supported by clear information signs or arrival points.

“Parking regulations are also normally enforced via signs on lampposts and poles in the area. The driver may have a case if there are no such signs around the area to convey the required information about the no parking at all times.

“As with many back roads these days, the surface is messy and Southend on Sea Council should be ashamed of presiding over a road system that looks as bad as this one.

“There is a lot of extra money for road maintenance these days and drivers pay enough fuel and car taxes to expect a pristine surface.”

Jack Cousens, head of road policy at AA, said: “If the lines all along this stretch had been as worn as the first line on the two yellow doubles, I think anyone who’s been screwed by that has a stronger argument is that the condition of the double yellow lines is incredibly difficult to see and they need to be repainted.

“Even in this condition, they need to be repainted. However, there is enough clue to show that the double yellow lines are there and are enforceable.

“My disappointment is that the local authorities say they cannot expect to have crisp lines. No one is saying you should have crisp lines, but what people are saying is they should at least be recognizable enough to know what you want drivers to do or not do.

Cllr Ron Woodley, Cabinet Member for Transportation, Asset Management and Inbound Investments, said: “The faded yellow lines do not mean the restriction is not valid and as such NCPs can be issued. The issuance of PCNs is not discretionary and if a Civil Enforcement Officer believes that a vehicle violates parking laws then a PCN may be issued.

“We cannot publicly comment on an individual’s personal case. We have put in place a robust system for motorists to challenge fine notices, including a stage where an independent adjudicator will review all evidence provided by the board and the driver.

“We encourage anyone who thinks they have received an unfair penalty notice to challenge it, by following the instructions on their parking ticket. Further information on parking fines is available by visiting, then selecting ‘Parking’ on the home page. ‘