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Bonkers Blog April 2013

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21 April (Part 2) - Parking trap

Letter box Watling Street Gravel Hill School Plymouth council was in the news last week for issuing a fine to the driver of a Royal Mail van which stopped to empty a post box. Royal Mail sealed the box in protest. But anything Plymouth can do Bexley can do better, they were busy fining mail vans long before Plymouth jumped on the band wagon.

Someone who was driving along Watling Street with a letter to post told me of another post box trap a month or two ago and I’ve only just found some spare time on a dry day to go and take a look.

As you may be able to see (click to enlarge) the road bears some fading zig-zag lines outside a school and a notice has been taped to the fence on each side of the road. It isn’t likely to be read in full by any motorist tempted to pull up before slipping his letter in the box. It’s not big enough for the restriction times to be read from the car. Expensive if one of Bexley’s gestapo wagons is lurking nearby. But with stopping prohibited from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. In typical Bexley fashion this applies to school and bank holidays too.

It's clearly not the best place to post an urgent letter. If Royal Mail obeys the rules only the 6.30 p.m. collection is possible.

My correspondent who fell into this money trap fortunately didn’t get a ticket.


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