Islington’s Department of Dirty Tricks

August 11, 2007

“Speak when you are angry–and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” (Laurence J. Peter)

I have chosen the quotation above to remind me to remain objective as I write. I was furious yesterday after the PATAS hearing, but having mulled things over and had a good night’s sleep I am now in a more philosophical frame of mind.

The facts of this case are simple. The wording of Islington’s moving traffic PCN has been unlawful since November/ December 2006 when, in the words of Christine Weeks, Senior Administrative Officer, Parking and CCTV Services:

“Islington Parking Services changed the wording on the Moving Traffic Contravention Penalty Charge Notices to reflect the wording on our other CCTV Penalty Charge Notices. We were re-ordering stationery and it was felt that this was the best time to make the change. The extra wording was as a result of London Councils issuing a new set of documents in its Code of Practice guidance. For your information, I have attached a copy of the sample notices that the London Councils provided.”

I inspected the sample moving traffic PCN that she sent me and compared it to the wording of their new PCN. As far as I could see they did not correspond – chalk and cheese. I even rang up Christine to point this out. The above statement, obtained in response to a Freedom of Information Act request is a lie. Read the rest of this entry »