Carer's driveway blocked by dumped car

Watford Observer: Carer's driveway blocked by dumped car Carer's driveway blocked by dumped car

A full-time carer has said she is "outraged" that her driveway was left blocked for nearly a week, meaning she could not get a car in if there had been an emergency.

Paola Talminteri woke up on Sunday morning to find a silver Vauxhall was blocking her drive way in St George’s Road. She said the car had been clamped and had no road tax.

The 52-year-old said: "At first I thought it might just be a neighbour’s car, and we could move it.

"Later in the day I realised this was not the case and started to worry. I am a full time carer for my mother, who cannot walk. If there had been an emergency I would not have been able to get her to the car."

Miss Talminteri called the police, who managed to trace the car’s owner. However, they told the police it had been sold. The police then referred Miss Talminteri to Watford Borough Council.

She continued: "I was passed from pillar to post. Watford Borough Council then transferred me to Veolia Environmental Services, the company that handle waste, recycling and rubbish.

"It has been ridiculous. It felt like no one could help. It seems crazy because what have I done? Someone parked in my driveway and I was left with all this bother. I almost didn’t have my rubbish collected because of the blockage.

"What was the worst was the fact that my brother, who also lives in the house, was not able to park in his own driveway.

"Why should he have to risk having his car broken into by parking on the street? It is absurd.

"The driver that left it there was obviously incredibly selfish, and having to deal with all the different services has been very stressful and frustrating. I wouldn’t have cared if it had been parked somewhere else."

The car was moved by the DVLA this morning, but Miss Talminteri said the whole experience has been "very upsetting."

She continued: "So many people had the power to move it, it was not life or death. But there are so many rules to abide to it was me that was left suffering. If my car had no road tax I’m sure it would have been towed straight away. It is a good job we didn't have any emergancies."

Mark Jeffery said on behalf of Watford Borough Council: "We have found out that the DLVA have independently clamped as part of their operations in the area. They have now removed the vehicle."

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4:30pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Hornets number 12 fan says...

Just shows the mentality of the average DVLA clamper! They are a law unto themselves! they should have got it recovered straight away! not leave it immobilized across a private drive!
Just shows the mentality of the average DVLA clamper! They are a law unto themselves! they should have got it recovered straight away! not leave it immobilized across a private drive! Hornets number 12 fan
  • Score: 9

4:36pm Thu 13 Mar 14

HornetJJ says...

Hardly the end of the world!
Hardly the end of the world! HornetJJ
  • Score: -12

4:59pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Leavesdenlad says...

Many of us have no choice but to park on the street.
Many of us have no choice but to park on the street. Leavesdenlad
  • Score: -9

11:49pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Andrew1963 says...

4 adults can bump a car 50 yards in fifteen minutes. No need to be blocked in for a week. Must have taken more effort to ring up the WO for 15 minutes of fame.
4 adults can bump a car 50 yards in fifteen minutes. No need to be blocked in for a week. Must have taken more effort to ring up the WO for 15 minutes of fame. Andrew1963
  • Score: -3

11:56pm Thu 13 Mar 14

TRT says...

"Paola Talminteri woke up on Sunday morning to find a silver Vauxhall was blocking her drive way in St George’s Road. She said the car had been clamped and had no road tax."

Obviously a cavalier attitude to parking...
"Paola Talminteri woke up on Sunday morning to find a silver Vauxhall was blocking her drive way in St George’s Road. She said the car had been clamped and had no road tax." Obviously a cavalier attitude to parking... TRT
  • Score: 7

1:44am Fri 14 Mar 14

Honest Rog says...

Just what do we pay Plod (handsomely) to do?
Is it naive to see this clearly as a, non-emergency, police matter?
BTW Andrew, I think it may have been more difficult to bump the car whilst clamped.
Just what do we pay Plod (handsomely) to do? Is it naive to see this clearly as a, non-emergency, police matter? BTW Andrew, I think it may have been more difficult to bump the car whilst clamped. Honest Rog
  • Score: 3

9:11am Fri 14 Mar 14

garston tony says...

Honest Rog wrote:
Just what do we pay Plod (handsomely) to do? Is it naive to see this clearly as a, non-emergency, police matter? BTW Andrew, I think it may have been more difficult to bump the car whilst clamped.
They're not paid to do the DVLA's job for starters
[quote][p][bold]Honest Rog[/bold] wrote: Just what do we pay Plod (handsomely) to do? Is it naive to see this clearly as a, non-emergency, police matter? BTW Andrew, I think it may have been more difficult to bump the car whilst clamped.[/p][/quote]They're not paid to do the DVLA's job for starters garston tony
  • Score: -3

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