Car owners fined after vehicles lifted to paint double yellow lines underneath

A council in England’s south-east has been forced to apologise after lifting cars with a crane to paint double yellow lines along the road edge, then fining the owners of those cars after they were lowered back down.

Local councillor Shirley Boyt said authorities had earlier declined her suggestion to put warning notices on the cars which would be affected and said it was like “a trick had been played on the owners”.

“The residents can’t believe what they’ve done.”

A council spokesperson said it was “unfortunate” the parking inspectors happened to be out around the time the cars were placed back down on the double yellow lines and all the fines issued would be cancelled.

“We entirely accept they have been issued in error,” the spokesperson said.

“We are sorry this happened and want to apologise to everyone who has been affected.”

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