We'll just have to agree to disagree on this! As a principle of statutory interpretation, the use of "road or other public place" in the provisions relating to insurance and being drunk in charge tells a court that Parliament specifically believed there was a difference between a road and another public place. That being so, if they'd wanted to include public places that aren't roads in section 36, they'd have said it. There is a fancy Latin expression for this - inclusio unius est exclusio alterius.
I think because of the legislation and it being private land, the only thing they could do is persuade Kent County Council (or is it Medway there?) to make a proper formal Traffic Regulation Order prohibiting vehicles except for access, but even then I'm not sure there is anything to legally stop a vehicle from exiting through such a restriction. And you'd have to expect the police to enforce it (which they might do once in a while, but aren't going to do on a regular basis).Vierwielen wrote: ↑Tue Sep 14, 2021 16:32Or as an alternative, introduce toll barriers with tags available to regular users. There might be a case for the government to coordinate standard tags for certain users - emergency service vehicles that can be used anywhere in the country.
But what is the actual harm here? The problem arises because CP Parking want to charge anyone who stays in the services for more than 2 hours. They do this by putting ANPR plates on all the entries and exits. But if somebody leaves by the unofficial back road, and comes back later (like Mr Gent, who entered the service area at 12:09 on the 17th December 2018, and left at 15:52 on the same date), how do they know whether he parked there or left and re-entered? This is a known issue in the private parking enforcement world, called "double dipping". So far as CP Parking are concerned, they will just treat it as full time parked since their computer system (or more likely the computer system of their contractor someone like Zatpark) just issues the letters and tickets automatically with zero human input. Does protecting the revenue stream of a private parking company justify making TROs? I'd say no.