Parking Law by Charles Brandreth. 128 pp. 8 3/4 in. x 5 1/4 in. (David & Charles, Newton Abbot, Devon, £3.50).
Astonishing that a complete book can be written about parking laws and more remarkable that I found it astonishingly interesting. Solicitor Charles Brandreth’s text was such that I scarcely glanced at the cartoons. He outlines the Law as it relates to leaving your car anywhere, the origin of much of this Law, how Traffic Wardens work, and quotes some cases applicable, including some the AA have lost, and the case of the Barrister who left his car for five hours on the Embankment and failed to get away with it. The author is on our side in respect of the increased fee for the Fixed Notice Penalty and the data he provides on this specialist subject is not only fascinating but might prevent you from picking up a “ticket” or having your car towed away. One is reminded that Graham Hill was in on Traffic Warden recruitment, at a time when salaries in this service ranged from £2,300 to £4,185 a year). The Foreword is by Robert Mark, until recently Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. W.B.
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Although not on rgotoring subjects, those who enjoy motoring as well as motor-cars will find three new Hamblyn titles of interest, if they are nature observers when in the country. These are: Birds of Prey of Britain and Europe (£1.50), The Wonderful World of Mushrooms and other Fungi (£2.95) and The Wonderful World of Butterflies and Moths (£2.95). These are modestly-priced guides of great integrity, copiously colour-illustrated.