TRAFFIC wardens working for Kirklees Council gave a parking ticket – to a driver working for the council.
The warden booked delivery workers as they carried heavy water bottles into a council building.
Workers at Bronte Natural Spring Water in Honley were delivering water coolers to the Revenue and Benefits department at Kirklees Council.
The Honley-based company has supplied and delivered water to the council for eight years with no problems.
But when workers parked at the delivery doors on January 29 to carry the heavy bottles into the building, they were booked.
Tim Saville, director of Bronte, said: “It is very bizarre.
“We have parked there for eight years and never had a problem before.
“I am not going to pay the fine on principle.
“Anyone could see that it doesn’t make any sense to book someone hired by the council to do something for the council.”
The fine came after Bronte workers parked near to the delivery doors as they needed access to their van which contained heavy equipment.
The driver walked to the parking office which was closed.
So the workers left a note on the windscreen with their names, contact number and a note saying they were doing council work.
But they found a £30 fine slapped on their windscreen when they returned.
Mr Saville wrote to the council explaining the situation but was told that “attendants are advised to ignore all notes placed in vehicles”.
He added: “They said that as no permission was given by the parking office to park in the area then we couldn’t.
“Well they wouldn’t be able to give permission because it was closed.
“Incidentally, the area is for deliveries, just like we were doing.”
Mr Saville wrote to the council again in the hope of appealing to their better nature.
But they had their appeal turned down.
The £30 fine doubles on Tuesday but the company is planning on making an appeal to the Parking Adjudicator on principle.
They say they will take further action if necessary to highlight the stupidity of the fine.
A spokesman for the Kirklees Council said: “All the car park boards carry the number of the parking office which is staffed during office hours.
“No-one contacted the office about the problem and if they had done so they would have been advised of a suitable parking place. Instead, the company’s vehicle parked for several hours in a ‘keep clear’ area and received a parking fine because of this.
“The matter is not a criminal one and cannot be taken through the courts system. However, there are several more stages in the appeals process should the company choose to take this route.”