When Things Go Wrong

July 29, 2007

“Bureaucracy and social harmony are inversely proportional to each other.” (Leon Trotsky)

Generally speaking Local Authority Traffic Enforcement Departments are extremely good at doing two things; giving out ‘tickets’ and collecting money.

If you do anything, like daring to challenge a PCN, that disturbs this well oiled machine, beware – the consequences are unpredictable.

The only way for a Parking Department to deal with a problem when it arises is first of all for them to admit that there is a problem. But that can’t happen, can it? They are perfect; they never make mistakes. Nothing can ever go wrong in their world.

But things do go wrong, all too frequently, and when it happens you can get sucked into the dystopian world of local government bureaucracy. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then rent a copy of Terry Gilliam’s film Brazil, or read some Kafka.

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I have recently been trying to contest some parking tickets of my own with Hackney Council. Whenever they send me a Notice to Owner and I make representation, they just send me another Notice to Owner. It’s quite surreal. Round and round we go. Read the rest of this entry »

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