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‘Car Sitter’ scheme helps avoid parking fines

London property maintenance firm Aspect.co.uk is using unemployed young people with clean licences as ‘car sitters’ to avoid incurring parking fines.

Trials in the City of Westminster have been “incredibly successful” according to Will Davies (pictured), boss of Aspect.co.uk.

The scheme sees ‘car sitters’ keeping vehicles moving on Transport for London's red routes.

The ‘car sitter’ takes the driver seat of the vehicle while the Aspect worker attends premises and conducts property maintenance work.

In other areas they also double-park until a traffic wardens approaches the vehicle. They then move off for a period of time until the traffic warden leaves.

"There's no issue finding a park, no paying the parking charge, no parking fine, no hassle," said Davies.

Davies has approached Traffic Enforcement Officers for Transport for London and the City of Westminster to ensure Aspect.co.uk's scheme is always working within the law.

He is also working with Young Marmalade boss Nick Moger to ensure that young people have a clean licence and obey all the road rules.

"We don't want to end up spending out on traffic fines and we don't want young people with too many points on their licence,” said Davies.

"We are working totally within the law".

Aspect.co.co.uk is now rolling out the scheme and if it continues to prove successful the service will be offered to the public at large.

 To find out how to challenge parking fines click here.

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  • Earlybird - 25/03/2013 12:23

    So, the fact that they drive away when a traffic warden comes makes it alright then ! Yellow lines are not then for fun and games, they are there for sensible and often safety related reasons. lets all park our cars and vans outside schools and hospitals but drive round the corner when a traffic warden comes, then go back when they've gone. ridiculous and frankly disappointing to see Fleet News giving such a scheme coverage unless it were of a negative nature.

  • Concerned - 25/03/2013 13:58

    Earlybird makes a very valid point. I have to say that, at first, I thought this was an early April 1st joke! As to the concept and legality - surely this can't be right! In my view, this doesn't portray a very professional image in our industry!

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