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Complainant Name:
Mr David Taylor

Clauses Noted: 1, 4

Publication: Wimbledon Guardian


Mr David Taylor complained to the Press Complaints Commission, under Clause 1 (Accuracy) and Clause 4 (Harassment) of the Editors' Code of Practice, about an article regarding the conduct of traffic wardens in Merton. The complainant said that the article implied that traffic wardens had been breaking the law by parking on double yellow lines, and that Merton did not have a five minute "grace" period. He was also concerned that the article could encourage harassment.


The complaint was resolved after the PCC negotiated the removal of the online article and the publication of the following correction:

The Wimbledon Guardian would like to correct several errors in our article - Motorists urged to turn tables on traffic wardens - published on January 23.

Traffic wardens in Merton are not "breaking the law" when their enforcement vehicles park on double yellow lines.

Council officers are permitted to ignore parking restrictions while carrying out statutory duties - although Merton Council has advised them to avoid doing so whenever possible.

The article also referred to Government plans to introduce an automatic five minute "grace" period when a parking ticket expires.

In fact this practice is already in force in Merton.

We would like to apologise for any confusion caused.

Date Published: 02/05/2014

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