A PARKING warden has revealed the stupid mistakes drivers make that cost them thousands in fines.
Lucas Taylor, 40, said parking on double yellow lines was among the rules he usually fined drivers for.
The former parking attendant – who gave it up to run his own business – said parking in a permit area, not paying a payment and posting and double parking are also common mistakes.
Lucas told The Sun: “Double yellow lines are one of the most common.
“And park in a permit bay without a permit, pay and display too. And be double-parked.”
Lucas said that although he issued fines for parking errors, he tried not to hand them out too freely.
He said: “Some parking attendants issue 60 tickets a day.
“I would go out and just get two or three – because I would be moving traffic rather than just issuing tickets straight away.
The Highway Code states that a driver should not stop, park or wait for any length of time on double yellow lines.
If they do, they face heavy fines.
However, there are some exceptions if you are only stopping for a short time.
These apply to drivers picking up or dropping off someone – as well as blue badge holders for up to three hours.
But if you break down and are forced to park on double yellow lines, you might not be protected by the letter of the law.
RAC Breakdown spokesman Simon Williams said: “Technically a broken down vehicle on double yellow lines breaks the parking rules and a penalty notice could be issued.
“But because the yellow lines are usually hand-tagged, a driver is unlikely to get a ticket from a civilian enforcement officer in the first place as long as they are with the car and can clearly explain why they are blocked.
“Law enforcement officers tend to be wary of notes left in cars saying they’re broken down.
“Drivers should always strive to keep their vehicles away from the double yellow lines.”
Not every board is likely to fine you for finding safety on a double yellow.