Ice cream van blocking Tower Bridge

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Monday 11 September 2017 3.58pm
Nope - still there in the same spot for the last two Saturdays.
Wednesday 4 October 2017 3.04pm
Here's my reply from TFL...

Dear Mr Pike,
Thanks for your online submission of 24 September regarding the ice cream van which has been parking illegally on Tower Bridge Road.
I’m sorry for the inconvenience this has been causing you but nonetheless, I do appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention.
We’re aware of an ice cream van operating at Tower Bridge without a trading license. We’re liaising with the City of London Police (CoLP), the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the London Boroughs of Southwark and Tower Hamlets to resolve this.
TfL funded PCSOs from the MPS are issuing tickets against any parking violations.TfL and CoLP have been in touch with the trader in question to ask them to stop trading at this location.
Hopefully you will soon see an improvement.
Thanks again for contacting us. If there is anything else we can help you with, please reply to this email. Alternatively, you can call us on 0343 222 1234 and we'll be happy to help you.
Wednesday 4 October 2017 3.31pm
So it needs TFL, City of London Police (CoLP), the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the London Boroughs of Southwark and Tower Hamlets to resolve this.

Wow, unbelievable!
Wednesday 4 October 2017 7.01pm
Too many chefs...
Wednesday 4 October 2017 10.59pm
Nick Pike wrote:
Here's my reply from TFL...
Dear Mr Pike,
Thanks for your online submission of 24 September regarding the ice cream van which has been parking illegally on Tower Bridge Road.
I’m sorry for the inconvenience this has been causing you but nonetheless, I do appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention.
We’re aware of an ice cream van operating at Tower Bridge without a trading license. We’re liaising with the City of London Police (CoLP), the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the London Boroughs of Southwark and Tower Hamlets to resolve this.
TfL funded PCSOs from the MPS are issuing tickets against any parking violations.TfL and CoLP have been in touch with the trader in question to ask them to stop trading at this location.
Hopefully you will soon see an improvement.
Thanks again for contacting us. If there is anything else we can help you with, please reply to this email. Alternatively, you can call us on 0343 222 1234 and we'll be happy to help you.


There's a classic line in this, that gives the reason why the vendor can park where he likes, when he likes, and for as long as he likes, and never have a sleepless night about being prosecuted.
It's "TFL AND CoLP HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THE TRADER IN QUESTION, TO ASK THEM TO STOP TRADING AT THIS LOCATION.
That's no different to me walking out of Waitrose with 5 kilos of fillet steak, and the police ASKING me to not do it again.
Saturday 14 April 2018 2.59pm
The van is still there. I have seen it almost every time I walk over the bridge. Once I spoke to the girl selling and told her that they were parked illegally. She lied, saying that they had a special permit (yeah right!). The next day a policeman was walking towards them and they quickly drove off - hence the man sitting in the driving seat with the engine running constantly.

I have also told tourists waiting for ice creams being made that they are about to fund illegal trading if they hand over money for the ice cream. They looked worried and walked away without paying or taking the ice creams. I got shouted at by the girl selling that time as I continued on my journey smiling.

There’s a recent YouTube video from a bicycle helmet camera called:

Selling Ice Cream In A Busy Road

posted by Silvio Diego.

Does anyone know someone in the BBC news team that fancies doing a piece on the ice cream van and the congestion it causes throughout the day? Unfortunately, Silvio’s video does not show the usual congestion the van causes.
Sunday 15 April 2018 11.41am
VanessaS,
Please take this suggestion in the kind and polite manner it is intended.
As you seem to see the van quite often i would suggest that you take a video on your phone as you approach/leave the van and submit it to the BBC (they indicate on the bottom strap line on their news channel, 231, how to do so).
Tuesday 8 May 2018 11.58am
The issue of unlicensed trading on bridges is mentioned in this ES article, published today.
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