Well that's the last time I go to swanage

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  1. Jabberwocky

    Jabberwocky Funster

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    made the mistake of parking on the sea front in our MH, paid to park, and returned to find a parking ticket on the windscreen, apparently it's the wrong type of vehicle.

    Unfortunately I didn't see the sign that says, cars and motorcycles only within marked bays, I guess a sub 3.5 tonne MH doesn't count as a car Despite being the same MOT class?

    Not particularly visitor friendly is it, I won't be returning that's for sure
     
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    Hi,
    After (Grrr) we had completed our last trip I found the below site.
    I checked out the places we had visited when on our travels and it seemed to tally well with our findings.
    If for no other reason it gives you some ideas then it's been worth keeping it.

    Park4night.com

    Regards
     
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    Welcome to motorhoming in the UK
     
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    The first time I tried to park in Swanage (1985) it was a total flop. Couldn't get parked anywhere. Same the next time & the time after that. I decided that they didn't want visitors that came by car & gave up. Its a bit of a dump anyway. Perhaps I'm too influenced by the ease of parking in Scotland & just couldn't to being milked as a cash cow, so my intolerance didn't help.
     
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    And the Portuguese are not doing the same ?
     
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    how can they say wrong type vehicle
     
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    I wish lol... Just got done in St Andrews for £30..
    No complaints mind I just didn't see the parking ticket machine or any sign.. I did have a front wheel on kirb to keep my back end in as much as possible and thought it might have been for that when I saw the ticket... but it was for not getting a ticket...
    Andy
    P's ..know people who have been done up loch lomond for not been in the correct parking bay... which was poorly signed imo...
     
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    We got done for parking without a ticket in villamoura, parked in same place before and never had one , so could have changed or we could have been lucky before, anyway top and bottom of it , you couldn't have a fairer system, the ticket was all in Portuguese but had various tariffs on it up to about 180 euros and we feared the worst , but on it were various places to pay the fine, one of them was the post office, anyway it turned out if you payed it within three days ,all the fine was a complete days parking fee which tuned out to be 8 Euros brilliant system. By the way the longer you left it the more it became.
     
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    The White Horse Inn Swanage, a great place for Swordfish Steaks
     
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    Been wolfing them down over here, proper job fish.
     
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    Nothing to do with MOT Class and (as with most parking orders) all to do with the definition in the order rather than any other definition.

    In the case of the Dorset Order in question a “motor car” is defined as "a three or four wheeled mechanically propelled vehicle (not being a goods vehicle of un-laden weight of more than 1500 kg or a public service vehicle) constructed or adapted for the carriage of not more than 8 passengers and excludes any vehicle adapted for sleeping purposes".

    As far as I'm aware motorhomes can be parked during the day in Broad Road, Main Beach and North Beach car parks in Swanage.
     
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    In Porto the locals were parking on zebra crossings, seemingly with impunity, that's of course because they are 'local'.
     
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    No, they are not... at least not to me.

    Did they ticket you... after all, you must have been here for at least ten and a half minutes?

    JJ :cool:
     
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    We locals often park on roundabouts too...

    JJ :cool:
     
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    In most of Spain all you have to do (if you have Spanish Plates) is to put the "4ways" on, then you are invisible!. don't work with foreign plates for some reason?.

    My wife's cousin parked his Artic; lorry on the roundabout as you enter Grimsby from the A180 Once?. Very neat it was, didn't even stop the traffic!.

    Pete
     
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    Yes and you reverse out from a side road onto a main road, I use the term reverse in the loosest possible sense. More like I found a sixth gear what does it do? Still what do expect from people who got their driving licences out of a cornflakes packet ? (Present company excepted) (y);)
     
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    I dunno, I'll let you know tomorrow when I get there.

    But I can assure you that if I encounter the same fluorescent jacketed council jobsworth that infests every UK town then it'll be my first and last visit.

    And if I so much as see a "parking eye" signpost I'll be outa there (y)
     
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    Love Swanage its was a regular long weekend for us..just stay on a site and cycle in
     
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    You won't(y):)
     
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    The talk was of people wild camping and if their luck ran out the cops would move them off and sometimes fine them.

    In Portimao there was talk of the hundreds of MHs being thrown off the car park they have been occupying for months.

    Don't miss the sea front at Praia da Rocha, it's stunning.
     
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