“Better no law than laws not enforced.” (Italian Proverb)
Hillingdon Council has a problem with moving traffic enforcement. The PATAS statistics for July – September 2007 shows that, of the nine cases scheduled to be heard during that period, Hillingdon withdrew from every single one. Yes, that’s right; they failed to contest all the appeals to PATAS.
If my recent experience is anything to go by, then they are continuing to act in the same vein. I have helped a number of people with Hillingdon PCNs. One was cancelled after making representation. The remainder were taken to appeal and Hillingdon withdrew a few days before the hearing.
As of now, I have one more case scheduled for March 11th. I’m taking bets on whether this one will be cancelled.
How can they get away with this? As I have said before; every council must be prepared to stand up and justify every single PCN issued when challenged.
Right now, the message being put out by Hillingdon is that if you challenge the PCN it is certain that it will be cancelled. What are you waiting for people? Take advantage of this special offer while it lasts.
So why are they so useless at enforcing their PCNs? A quick look at the parking section of the Council’s website gives a few clues. For a start they are crass enough to use the image shown here. Oh, and they believe that they can levy parking fines on motorists. I’m sorry people, but you have to go before a court and be found guilty before you can levy a fine.
These are Civil Penalties imposed by the State on its unwilling Subjects.
Well, for the time being these are not being imposed in Hillingdon.