On a recent evening, at about 8.30pm, I spent 35 minutes driving round my neighbourhood in ever-growing circles trying to find a parking space where I could leave my car for the night.

This is not at all unusual at certain times of the day.

In desperation, I eventually parked my car half across the taxi rank in front of the Waterloo Arch, Hove, and half in a legal parking space.

I watched from my house to see if any parking spot became available so I could move my car into it.

At about 9.30pm, I saw someone drive away from a parking space and quickly got to my car to move it. I found I had been given a ticket by a warden who was still busy with a car on a single yellow line a little further up the street.

I moved my car into the vacant parking space and, as I was about to go back into my house, the warden got into an NCP tow-away truck and drove off.

To my amazement, I saw six cars parked on the double yellow lines right next to the warden's lorry had not been issued with parking tickets.

These vehicles, unlike my car, were blocking the street to emergency vehicles, whereas I was not causing an obstruction.

It is true the back wheels of my vehicle were on the taxi rank but it is in any case absolute nonsense these spaces should be dedicated to taxis when there are so few spaces for residents.

It is extremely rare for any of these spaces to be used by taxis and I would be very interested to hear what justification there is for these spaces to be limited to taxis instead of badly-needed residents' spaces, particularly as there are two other taxi ranks in the area.

This year, as in previous years, I bought a resident's parking permit, which cost me £80. Can you blame me for wondering why should I bother?

I am totally in favour of parking laws being enforced but this is ridiculous.

If the traffic wardens do not have time to ticket all offenders, do they not have guidelines - failing common sense - for dealing with the most dangerously parked cars first?

-Albert Ginart, Waterloo Street, Hove