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Mayor's car is caught on double yellows; But driver will not be given parking fine.

Byline: CARRIE CATTERALL

THE Mayor of Wirral apologised last night after his car was spotted parked illegally.

Cllr Andrew Hodson, who presides over a council which employs a spy car to catch errant motorists, said his driver made "an error in judgment" after he parked on double yellow lines in Old Bidston Road, Birkenhead on Wednesday. His grey Jaguar was spotted by a businessman who has recently been issued with a ticket from Wirral Council's spy car for illegal parking.

The man, who asked not to be named, said: "If the council issues these tickets, then people representing the council should set a good example.

"This whole thing just

Andrew Hodson makes a mockery of parking restrictions."

Cllr Hodson said: "I was not with the car when it was seen parked illegally and I have told my driver it was a bad error of judgment to park in that way."

But the Mayor's driver will not be fined. A council spokeswoman said: "However much we would like to, it is simply illegal for the council to issue a parking ticket based upon a photograph which was not provided by a parking officer. We take our obligations to comply with parking regulations extremely seriously.

"Staff and elected members will be treated no differently to any members of the public."

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Date:Aug 28, 2009
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