IF YOU are thinking of pulling up on double yellow lines, mounting the kerb or stopping in a disabled bay, beware – you may need to answer to the ‘Whiteley Stig’.
A Facebook group called Safer Parking in Whiteley is naming and shaming inconsiderate parking in the town, created and run by an anonymous person known only as the ‘Whiteley Stig’.
The site has caused quite a stir, with some people angry at having their parking attempts made public.
It has even prompted the leader of Fareham Borough Council Sean Woodward to invest more resources to fight ‘the scourge of bad parking blighting Whiteley’.
Ever since the group started last week, traffic wardens have been issuing tickets and extra police have been dishing out fines for those breaching rules.
The News managed to speak to the Whiteley Stig, who did not want to break cover for fear of attack from angered drivers.
The Whiteley Stig said: ‘People may now think about their actions.
‘Some of the worst offenders are those who park in disabled bays – that really gets my goat.’
The Whiteley Stig said that there is nothing illegal in posting pictures of cars on Facebook and that he makes sure there are no people in the photos.
He is also carefully monitoring the group to remove any offensive posts and comments, after some heated debate when the group first started.
Anybody who wishes to join has to ask the Whiteley Stig for approval, and he says that he welcomes both sides of the argument.
He said: ‘It’s all about the debate. I’m just providing the platform.’
People can message the Whiteley Stig with their photos and he will post them anonymously.
He said: ‘Despite this, there are always the hard core of people who just don’t care.
‘The difficult thing is for people to confront others face-to-face.
‘I know some people who are registered disabled that have approached people parked illegally in disabled bays and they have been verbally abused.
‘Some people think they are safe as they are unapproachable. Now that’s not the case.’