Driver wins parking ticket row after proving council’s indicators have been 6cm too small

A driver has received a parking ticket row after proving the council’s parking indicators have been too small.

Chris Burton, 42, was bemused when discovering a parking ticket after dropping his dad at a hospital appointment and began to analyze. After noticing that the signal regarded too small, he whipped out his tape measure to analyze, discovering that he was in actual fact proper and the signal was six centimetres wanting the 20cm requirement.

A ruling made within the county court docket mentioned that Chris’s parking effective needs to be ‘revoked’ after he despatched pages of proof, together with his measurements of the signal. Chris who’s a TV cameraman from Manchester mentioned: “I want to encourage others to go back to Bury council with old tickets to say they weren’t legal.”

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PCN on a car windshield
Chirs Burton was confused to discover a PCN on his automotive after dropping his dad on the hospital

He continued: “UK law says signs have to be 20cm in size, but when I checked the signs that were there, they were only 14cm.”

The incident occurred on May 25 this yr after he determined to park his automotive on a close-by street after being unable to discover a spot within the hospital automotive park.

After returning to his Volkswagen Sharan, he discovered the penalty cost discover (PCN) on his windshield.

He contested it right away however was instantly knocked again, so determined to lodge additional appeals in June, however with no response for months.

Finally, in September he was advised by the council that they’d be taking the case to the Northampton County Court to get better prices.

Parking sign
The signal measured in at beneath 6cm beneath the required measurement

It’s additionally been revealed that Chris has initially argued that the 2 residents-only parking indicators had been lined up by a bush.

Chris got here out on high on his day in court docket after a judgement mentioned: “It is ordered that the order for recovery of unpaid penalty charge be revoked”.

Chris mentioned: “I believed it had all gone away after I appealed the second time. I used to be very aggravated.

“These persons are faceless – they don’t reply emails and there is no telephone line to get them on, I wasn’t capable of contact anybody correctly to debate it

“They took me to court docket to try to sue me, however the court docket sided with me.”

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A council spokesperson mentioned: “Mr Burton was issued with a PCN for parking without a permit in a residents’ only parking zone near Fairfield Hospital.

“His initial appeal was rejected, and he was informed that he could either pay the PCN or appeal to the independent parking tribunal in Manchester.

“If he did appeal to the adjudicator [tribunal], we have not been informed of the outcome.

“As far as the size of parking signs is concerned – we believe this issue relates to a tiny number of signs located at residents only parking zones, not to parking signs in general across the borough.

“We are satisfied that the overwhelming number of signs across Bury are fully in accordance with national regulations, and any which are not will be rectified.”

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