David Cameron has been caught showing a disregard for parking regulations, leaving his ministerial car in a bay six times longer than allowed.
The Prime Minister's armoured Jaguar XJ was left parked in a 30-minute bay while Cameron visited his constituency office in Whitney, Oxfordshire. Arriving with his entourage at 2pm, the Jaguar remained in the bay until around 4.45pm, overrunning the allotted time by over two hours.
This is the second parking related gaffe to hit the Conservative party in a week. Chancellor George Osborne was earlier pictured jumping out of an unmarked Police Land Rover, which was parked in a disabled bay at a motorway service station. While motorists normally face a £100 fine for breach of parking restrictions, it would seem Cameron got lucky.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, a local resident said: “I’ve actually had a ticket for parking for more than 30 minutes in this zone. I know how heavily it’s policed. "Whitney is normally patrolled by loads of parking attendants but none were in evidence today, not one."
The flagship Jaguar was left in the parking bay despite being just a stone’s throw away from a free car park with a limit of five hours. Ironically, the PM was thought to be in Oxfordshire to meet County Council deputy leader Rodney Rose, whose remit includes traffic issues in Whitney.