Lincolnshire County Council has been forced to apologise after one of its parking wardens put a ticket on an official mourner’s car while it was left outside a Sleaford church for a funeral.
The council has written to apologise and says it has rescinded the £70 parking fine slapped on the black limousine while it was stood on a single yellow line outside the Roman Catholic Church in Jermyn Street during a funeral.
Mick Phoenix, parking services manager for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Our contractor has made a mistake and we are contacting the funeral company to offer our sincere apologies.
“We have cancelled the parking ticket and instructed APCOA to remind its staff that funeral cars are exempt from parking restrictions.”
The limousine belonged to R Phillips funeral directors of Ruskington and proprietor Roy Phillips said the incident happened on Tuesday when a pall bearer, who also drives the black limousine which follows the hearse, discovered the ticket on the windscreen and quickly removed it and brought it to him before the grieving relatives came out from the service in Our Lady of Good Counsel’s Catholic Church and saw it.
He said: “Thankfully the hearse had been left in White Hart Mews but the car was on the road outside the church. We have never run into this problem before.
“The council has new traffic wardens that are not like the old ones. My daughter has complained and put an appeal in against it. I think it was a one off but I don’t know why they should have picked on it.”
He branded the parking warden’s behaviour “downright stupid” as he said it is a dead-end street with very little traffic to cause congestion.
Mr Phillips also found it odd that the £70 fine could be reduced to £35 if paid within two weeks but an appeal takes three weeks for a reply