Trains, cars and the parking incident at Morley Labour Rooms

With the local and European elections just a fortnight away, I have spent the last few weeks travelling across the country – from Glasgow and Newcastle to Crawley and Bristol.

And I’ve had many conversations with voters and fellow train travellers, as well as constituents here in Morley, ranging from the cost of living and immigration policy to marathon running, my recent piano exam and Norwich’s impending relegation.

But over the last couple of days, a couple of people have also asked me about my accidental bump with a parked car in a tight parking space last month in Morley. So I thought I should set out what happened and where things are now.

As I explained to the Yorkshire Evening Post, I’d been turning our car round in a tight spot in the narrow private drive beside the Labour rooms in Morley where I park all the time.

Another car was parked close by and I was aware the two bumpers touched. But I had no idea any damage had been done until the police got in touch a week later.

As soon as I was aware any damage had been done I immediately took full responsibility for any damage caused. I’ve been in touch with the owner to apologise for the inconvenience and to¬† pay for the repair to the marks on the parked car’s bodywork.

The police have to do their job. Once I’d confirmed I knew the bumpers had touched, their standard approach is to proceed to charge as they expect people to stop and check.

I fully understand and accept that, so of course I will be accepting the charge. While I had no knowledge at the time that any damage had occured, I accept their view that I should have checked. Getting points on my licence will be a blow – but that’s the way it works.

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Posted May 9th, 2014 by Ed