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.