'Disgust' as NCP van parks in disabled bay

The Argus: NCP van parked in disabled bay NCP van parked in disabled bay

An office worker said he watched in disbelief as parking attendants parked their van in a disabled bay and left it for more than an hour and a half.

Billy Bentick said he was disgusted by NCP staff after he claims they parked in the disabled bay despite other parking spaces being available.

The 28-year-old said he was angry after seeing the car park attendants reversing into the space in the Boulevard car park in Crawley.

An NCP spokeswoman said the staff parked in the bay because the car park was full and they needed to clear leaves from the site.

But pictures clearly show the van parked next to an empty space.

Centre of car park Mr Bentick said he saw the two NCP employees pull into the car park and originally park in the centre of the site.

At first the father-of-three, who works in an office block overlooking the car park, assumed the pair had come to empty the ticket machines but then he said the van was manoeuvred into the disabled bay.

Mr Bentick said staff then walked off towards the shops, returning 90 minutes later when they moved the car and parked it in the centre of the car park for another two hours.

Photos taken by Mr Bentick of the NCP staff’s behaviour were then posted on Facebook where they received more than 160 likes and 40 comments by last night.

He added: “I was watching him in disbelief. I have disabled friends and family.

“My dad can’t even walk 50 metres without being in excruciating pain so for these people to park there is taking the Mick.

“I was absolutely disgusted with the behaviour of the staff.

“I have seen them issuing tickets to people parking in the disabled bays or being parked over the white lines so for them to then go and do it themselves is terrible.

“It’s one rule for one and another rule for everybody else.”

An NCP spokeswoman said: “We had two staff members park an NCP branded van in the disabled bays on our property as the car park was completely full and they had been sent to the site to clear leaves and ensure the area was well maintained.

“With the car park full it meant that parking their van outside of the disabled bays would have caused three cars to have been blocked in.

“The team were on site the whole time and wearing hi visibility jackets, so would have immediately moved the van if any disabled customer had needed them to.”

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8:18am Wed 11 Dec 13

twonk says...

The NCP spokesman sounds like they are telling porkies.
The NCP spokesman sounds like they are telling porkies. twonk

8:52am Wed 11 Dec 13

All 9 of me says...

I think there is something wrong with their high visibility garments...
I think there is something wrong with their high visibility garments... All 9 of me

9:05am Wed 11 Dec 13

qm says...

“The team were on site the whole time and wearing hi visibility jackets, so would have immediately moved the van if any disabled customer had needed them to.”

Except for the 90 minutes they were absent from the site!!!
“The team were on site the whole time and wearing hi visibility jackets, so would have immediately moved the van if any disabled customer had needed them to.” Except for the 90 minutes they were absent from the site!!! qm

9:29am Wed 11 Dec 13

The Prophet of Doom says...

Of what relevance is the amount of children the witness has to the story?
Of what relevance is the amount of children the witness has to the story? The Prophet of Doom

9:32am Wed 11 Dec 13

Baldseagull says...

The biggest space in the car park and she still has it crooked and hanging out of the back.
The biggest space in the car park and she still has it crooked and hanging out of the back. Baldseagull

9:35am Wed 11 Dec 13

Crystal Ball says...

Why is the van parked with the rear jutting out over the pavement when there is plenty of room in the space to move forwards?
Why is the van parked with the rear jutting out over the pavement when there is plenty of room in the space to move forwards? Crystal Ball

10:19am Wed 11 Dec 13

Goldenwight says...

It is worth pointing out that Disabled parking spaces are intended for disabled people. Logically this must include those with severe learning difficulties, so I don't see the problem with your average NCP employee using them.
It is worth pointing out that Disabled parking spaces are intended for disabled people. Logically this must include those with severe learning difficulties, so I don't see the problem with your average NCP employee using them. Goldenwight

10:54am Wed 11 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

Saw a DVLA van blocking an entrance to a block of flats that I needed access to once. I phoned the "grass up someone who doesn't have a tax disc" number on the side and told them what the problem was, and what they would do about it. They refused to take my complaint and said I had to notify them in writing, by registered post. They are probably still using the recording of my reply to teach them new sweary words.
Saw a DVLA van blocking an entrance to a block of flats that I needed access to once. I phoned the "grass up someone who doesn't have a tax disc" number on the side and told them what the problem was, and what they would do about it. They refused to take my complaint and said I had to notify them in writing, by registered post. They are probably still using the recording of my reply to teach them new sweary words. PorkBoat

1:18pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Fairfax Aches says...

i once saw a dog do poopoo right there on the pavement. THAT was disgusting.
i once saw a dog do poopoo right there on the pavement. THAT was disgusting. Fairfax Aches

1:33pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Charlie_Thompson says...

They do the same in the Brighton NCP on Church Road. NCP vans often take up the disabled spaces on the lower floor there.
They do the same in the Brighton NCP on Church Road. NCP vans often take up the disabled spaces on the lower floor there. Charlie_Thompson

2:47pm Wed 11 Dec 13

RyeRed says...

"We had two staff members park an NCP branded van in the disabled bays on our property as the car park was completely full and they had been sent to the site to clear leaves and ensure the area was well maintained. "

The space next to the disabled space is empty... why couldn't they have parked there? What a load of bobbins...
"We had two staff members park an NCP branded van in the disabled bays on our property as the car park was completely full and they had been sent to the site to clear leaves and ensure the area was well maintained. " The space next to the disabled space is empty... why couldn't they have parked there? What a load of bobbins... RyeRed

3:22pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Herbertfarquarson says...

Hardly a story should be a perk of the job.
Hardly a story should be a perk of the job. Herbertfarquarson

3:24pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Herbertfarquarson says...

Hardly a story should be a perk of the job
Hardly a story should be a perk of the job Herbertfarquarson

5:18pm Wed 11 Dec 13

qm says...

Goldenwight wrote:
It is worth pointing out that Disabled parking spaces are intended for disabled people. Logically this must include those with severe learning difficulties, so I don't see the problem with your average NCP employee using them.
Ouchee!!! :))
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: It is worth pointing out that Disabled parking spaces are intended for disabled people. Logically this must include those with severe learning difficulties, so I don't see the problem with your average NCP employee using them.[/p][/quote]Ouchee!!! :)) qm

6:04pm Wed 11 Dec 13

LeonBIank666 says...

If the busy body was "disgusted" at what they saw, please never come to Brighton on a Saturday night (especially Dukes Mound) Good Lord, you will have a heart attack!
If the busy body was "disgusted" at what they saw, please never come to Brighton on a Saturday night (especially Dukes Mound) Good Lord, you will have a heart attack! LeonBIank666

6:56pm Wed 11 Dec 13

keswick says...

The explanation from NCP is as contemptible as the original transgression. The answer is simple, sack the two staff members and the idiot who came up with the explanation.
The explanation from NCP is as contemptible as the original transgression. The answer is simple, sack the two staff members and the idiot who came up with the explanation. keswick

8:10pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Sussex jim says...

So, they had to pick up some leaves; and this was the only place to park?
What about all the other tradesmen working in the area? If they cannot park where they are working they have to drive down the road to find a legitimate space; and then hump their tools along the street.
Was one of these workers a genuine blue badge holder?
So, they had to pick up some leaves; and this was the only place to park? What about all the other tradesmen working in the area? If they cannot park where they are working they have to drive down the road to find a legitimate space; and then hump their tools along the street. Was one of these workers a genuine blue badge holder? Sussex jim

10:13pm Wed 11 Dec 13

whoee! says...

Baldseagull wrote:
The biggest space in the car park and she still has it crooked and hanging out of the back.
I'm so sorry I didn't realise it was a women lol
[quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: The biggest space in the car park and she still has it crooked and hanging out of the back.[/p][/quote]I'm so sorry I didn't realise it was a women lol whoee!

10:16pm Wed 11 Dec 13

whoee! says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
Why is the van parked with the rear jutting out over the pavement when there is plenty of room in the space to move forwards?
I'm afraid its because its a women driver...absolutely awful hahahaha
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: Why is the van parked with the rear jutting out over the pavement when there is plenty of room in the space to move forwards?[/p][/quote]I'm afraid its because its a women driver...absolutely awful hahahaha whoee!

10:18pm Wed 11 Dec 13

whoee! says...

Herbertfarquarson wrote:
Hardly a story should be a perk of the job
Stupid farquar
[quote][p][bold]Herbertfarquarson[/bold] wrote: Hardly a story should be a perk of the job[/p][/quote]Stupid farquar whoee!

8:10am Thu 12 Dec 13

Balmy zephyrs says...

There is a lack of respect for the law here , sack all at NCP involved for bringing the company into disrepute .
There is a lack of respect for the law here , sack all at NCP involved for bringing the company into disrepute . Balmy zephyrs

8:46am Thu 12 Dec 13

cvs says...

I see "High Viz" jackets now come in black
I see "High Viz" jackets now come in black cvs

9:32am Thu 12 Dec 13

All 9 of me says...

Balmy zephyrs wrote:
There is a lack of respect for the law here , sack all at NCP involved for bringing the company into disrepute .
the company would go out of business overnight ...
[quote][p][bold]Balmy zephyrs[/bold] wrote: There is a lack of respect for the law here , sack all at NCP involved for bringing the company into disrepute .[/p][/quote]the company would go out of business overnight ... All 9 of me

9:39am Thu 12 Dec 13

JerryOnly says...

Balmy zephyrs wrote:
There is a lack of respect for the law here , sack all at NCP involved for bringing the company into disrepute .
Absolutely. It should be appropriate fine/fines for the driver and dismissal for both. What disgusting people and what an offensively nasty company.
[quote][p][bold]Balmy zephyrs[/bold] wrote: There is a lack of respect for the law here , sack all at NCP involved for bringing the company into disrepute .[/p][/quote]Absolutely. It should be appropriate fine/fines for the driver and dismissal for both. What disgusting people and what an offensively nasty company. JerryOnly

10:02am Thu 12 Dec 13

Brighton Living says...

Typical UK residents not caring about disabled people who need these spaces, It's like those who use Disability doors and don't need to as they can use the normal doors. Maybe one day something will happen to these people and then they will appreciate these parking spaces and Disability equipment...... NCP SHAME ON YOU!
Typical UK residents not caring about disabled people who need these spaces, It's like those who use Disability doors and don't need to as they can use the normal doors. Maybe one day something will happen to these people and then they will appreciate these parking spaces and Disability equipment...... NCP SHAME ON YOU! Brighton Living

11:50am Thu 12 Dec 13

RaveyDavey says...

Birch them!!!!!!
Birch them!!!!!! RaveyDavey

3:27pm Thu 12 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

RaveyDavey wrote:
Birch them!!!!!!
Then after they've been birched - turn the hoses on them!
[quote][p][bold]RaveyDavey[/bold] wrote: Birch them!!!!!![/p][/quote]Then after they've been birched - turn the hoses on them! PorkBoat

8:09pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Hove Actually says...

Three possibilities here
The spokesman was ordered to make up a story by the boss and failed to check if their version was believable by even the most stupid person

Or they were one of those involved and were trying to cover it up themselves

Or hey are so arrogant they couldn't care less what people think anyway..............
....must be a green councillor
Three possibilities here The spokesman was ordered to make up a story by the boss and failed to check if their version was believable by even the most stupid person Or they were one of those involved and were trying to cover it up themselves Or hey are so arrogant they couldn't care less what people think anyway.............. ....must be a green councillor Hove Actually

7:59pm Fri 13 Dec 13

pepipoo.com forumposter says...

Of course they are indeed so arrogant they couldn't care less what people think anyway. NCP are a private firm and that 'disabled bay' is on private land so there is no law to apply - except if a disabled person decided to sue NCP for breach of the Equality Act... hope they do!

By the way, Blue Badges don't apply on private land unless you are gullible enough to believe the signs from private firms, companies like...NCP! That's why NCP parked their van there, because they can and because they clearly don't give a stuff about disabled people. But then again nor do any private parking companies, ever.

All such firms are scum, operating a protection racket. Nothing more.

Hope everyone here knows never to pay a private parking charge - they can be beaten every time on appeal - even now that there is 'keeper liability'. Whatever the circumstances, they cannot show POPLA (independent appeal) that the charge is a 'genuine pre- estimate of loss'. Remember that next time you get a fake PCN. In car parks like this one which they don't own, these firms do nothing useful at all and simply fleece the unsuspecting and most gullible of the public, same as those who haunt the Goldstone Retail Park and Supermarkets.

It's just a shame the person filming them didn't call out and tell them they'd been spotted and it was going in the Argus, they'd have scurried back and moved, I bet!
Of course they are indeed so arrogant they couldn't care less what people think anyway. NCP are a private firm and that 'disabled bay' is on private land so there is no law to apply - except if a disabled person decided to sue NCP for breach of the Equality Act... hope they do! By the way, Blue Badges don't apply on private land unless you are gullible enough to believe the signs from private firms, companies like...NCP! That's why NCP parked their van there, because they can and because they clearly don't give a stuff about disabled people. But then again nor do any private parking companies, ever. All such firms are scum, operating a protection racket. Nothing more. Hope everyone here knows never to pay a private parking charge - they can be beaten every time on appeal - even now that there is 'keeper liability'. Whatever the circumstances, they cannot show POPLA (independent appeal) that the charge is a 'genuine pre- estimate of loss'. Remember that next time you get a fake PCN. In car parks like this one which they don't own, these firms do nothing useful at all and simply fleece the unsuspecting and most gullible of the public, same as those who haunt the Goldstone Retail Park and Supermarkets. It's just a shame the person filming them didn't call out and tell them they'd been spotted and it was going in the Argus, they'd have scurried back and moved, I bet! pepipoo.com forumposter

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