Firm hires 'van sitters'

A property maintenance firm has hired young people to keep its vehicles moving, as it says it's cheaper than paying endless parking tickets.

Building firm hires 'van sitters'

Five Civil Enforcement Officers patrol a street in Clapham Credit: Anthony Delvin/PA

A property maintenance company has hired a group of 'van sitters' to save it from hundreds of pounds in parking fines.

Aspect, based in Earlsfield, has employed 25 people at £8 per hour to drive its vans around the capital so that workmen can visit clients without having to find a parking space.

Drivers wait in the vans and drive around the block if they see a warden approaching.

The company says the idea's been so successful, it now wants to offer it to other residents and businesses.

Managing director Will Davies said:

“Our tradesmen used to spend up to an hour trying to find a parking space and some of them were running up £500 in fines every year. We now have around 25 van-sitters but could employ up to 90.”

Mr Davies says the drivers will be eligible to apply for apprenticeships with the company.