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'Illegally parked' car near Bristol Airport wrapped in cling film and egged

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/illegally-parked-car-near-bristol-1890658

A car that was parked in a remote country lane near Bristol Airport has been wrapped in cling film and apparently partly covered with egg. A tyre has also been deflated and notes left on the car making clear the opinions of the perpetrator(s). It seems that someone or some people decided that it was left there by a person or persons flying from the airport and the 'treatment' is believed to be a sign of their displeasure.

Quite how they knew the car was abandoned by an airport user is not made clear. I would certainly not want to leave my car in such a remote location for a few hours let alone days or even weeks.

Unless the car was creating an unnecessary obstruction of the highway or was left in a dangerous position - from the pictures neither seems to apply - it's difficult to see how it was illegally parked. The only offence that might be committed is parking at night on a road without lights if this road is subject to a speed limit greater than 30 mph.

It's certainly annoying to local residents where people leave cars on nearby roads and then fly from the airport, but many people living in a town or city are likely to live somewhere where workers park their cars in local streets for the day.
 

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https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/bristol-airport-parking-wc-fly-2657432

Nothing to do with Bristol Airport's official car parks or the airport I must point out, but one of the unofficial car park operators has had its licence to transport passengers withdrawn by the regional traffic commissioner.

The operator is Winford Parking and Rental Ltd, under the name WC Park and Fly, with premises in Whitchurch Lane, south Bristol, next to the South Bristol Link Road. It's one of the most popular unofficial car park operators serving BRS.

The traffic commissioner said that the public is 'routinely put in danger' by the shoddy practices of this operator. Vehicles were used without valid insurance or MOTs, with some minibus drivers not possessing a proper lience.

The traffic commissioner took away the licences of the company's two directors, a father and son, and disqualified them from holding a licence for five and three years respectively.
 

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They went to town with father and son. About time somethings being done,but only the tip of the iceberg.
 

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BRS issued this press release today.

https://www.bristolairport.co.uk/about-us/news-and-media/news-and-media-centre/2019/3/traffic-commissioner-off-site-parking-ruling

Traffic Commissioner’s ruling sends a clear message to passengers
Created: 19th Mar 2019

Following the decision by the West of England official Traffic Commissioner to revoke the operator licence which allowed Winford Parking and Rental Ltd (which also operates as WC Park and Fly from South Bristol) to transport passengers. Bristol Airport is reminding holidaymakers and business travellers to check the credentials of car park operators before booking.

A recent inquiry heard that the Office of the Traffic Commissioner had been called in by local police and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency after repeated concerns about the firm, which is entirely unconnected with Bristol Airport.

For peace of mind when flying from Bristol Airport, passengers are advised to use the range of on-site car parking options available. All the airport’s official car parks are located on site, equipped with CCTV and automatic number plate recognition, are Park Mark accredited and are served by a courtesy bus to and from the terminal operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Passengers can guarantee their vehicle will be parked on site in an official Bristol Airport car park by making their booking at www.bristolairport.co.uk.

When considering parking for holiday or business trips, passengers should make the following checks:

  1. Ask where your car will be parked and if it will be moved while you are away. Bristol Airport’s Silver Zone uses valet parkers to put customer vehicles into block formation to make best use of available space, but your vehicle will not leave our site. Apart from our premium ‘meet and greet’ service, all other on-site car parks are ‘self-park’, meaning you take your keys with you.
  2. If a minibus is used to shuttle customers between the airport and the car park, make a visual check of the vehicle. If you have any concerns, ask to see the vehicle’s documentation, including insurance certificate and MoT. All Bristol Airport’s vehicles are regularly checked by our in-house motor transport team.

  3. Check with the local council’s development control department whether the car park has permission to operate. Remember, unauthorised car parks could be causing disturbance and distress to neighbours.
 

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Multi-storey car park

Now re-opened having been closed for the winter for extra storeys to be added.
 

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Cars parked in Felton village and there abouts have had their tyres let down. It is thought these cars have been parked while owners have caught flights. This is a ongoing thing with cars parked for 1 week or 2 weeks.Villagers in various villages close to the airport are fed up with cars parked,there has been a few times owners of properties have had problems getting their cars in and out. Im not a lover of the off airport car parking that has sprung up but they are cheaper than airport parking so there is no excuse for cars being parked in near by villages.
 

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Cars parked in Felton village and there abouts have had their tyres let down. It is thought these cars have been parked while owners have caught flights. This is a ongoing thing with cars parked for 1 week or 2 weeks.Villagers in various villages close to the airport are fed up with cars parked,there has been a few times owners of properties have had problems getting their cars in and out. Im not a lover of the off airport car parking that has sprung up but they are cheaper than airport parking so there is no excuse for cars being parked in near by villages.
Whilst such action can't be condoned it's easy to understand why some people let their frustration get the better of them. I heard one Felton resident telling the Radio Bristol presenter this morning that some air travellers park their cars in the village then call for a taxi to take them to the airport.

They might as well use one of the car parks, whether airport or one of the unofficial ones, albeit using an unofficial one can be a lottery. Some are probably fine but I'd never trust one in case it turned out to be a maverick.

There have been many stories about off-site airport parking, including Bristol, where cars have been been returned having been driven many, many miles, damaged and even stolen from. At least with the airport there is an organisation that can be challenged, through litigation if necessary, whereas with some unofficial car parks it can be difficult to pin down the owner/operator and even if a judgement is obtained in a civil court there still remains the problem of actually getting your money.
 

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