Hillingdon’s 100% Record

February 3, 2008

“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.

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‘Tis the Season of Appeals

November 25, 2007

1yo.gifWell, the first anniversary of this website went unmarked on November 12th. I was so busy preparing for the next few weeks that I didn’t have time for retrospection. That will have to wait for the Christmas break now.

The postal strike played havoc with applications for appeal and at one stage PATAS were receiving mail posted one month previously. Many people were served Charge Certificates by over eager councils because appeal applications were not received on time.

From my point of view it means that I have delayed appeals all stacked up between now and Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »

Significant Adjudication

November 6, 2007

Finally, after many unsuccessful attempts we have managed to get an Adjudicator to rule on the wording of an Islington moving traffic PCN. The appeal was allowed. All Islington moving traffic PCNs issued since early December 2006 are unlawful.

The Adjudicator’s reasons were simple. If the legislation says something must be stated on the PCN then it is a mandatory requirement. Ignore it or modify it at your peril.

This was no snap decision either. The Adjudicator reserved his decision so that he could go away and think about it and, presumably, consult his colleagues.

The implication is that Islington, Hillingdon and Waltham Forest PCNs are unlawful and can be challenged on the basis of their wording. Read the rest of this entry »

Harassed of Hillingdon

October 30, 2007

It has come to my attention the Hillingdon Council has recently joined the Association of Avaricious Authorities. They are carrying out yellow box enforcement at the junction of Long Lane and Freezland Way. I also know that they are using CCTV cameras to enforce parking in the Borough.

Fortunately for everyone the Penalty Charge Notices that are currently being issued are invalid. The wording does not conform to the relevant legislation so do not be afraid to appeal against them. Read the rest of this entry »

The Silly Season

August 5, 2007

This news item culled from the Hamstead & Highgate Express 2/8/2007. Look like it’s one rule for them and another for us, as usual.

Double yellow peril is nothing for CCTV car

A CHEEKY council CCTV car driver spent a lucrative afternoon catching drivers illegally entering a box junction – while parked on a double yellow line.

Council workers sat in the car snapping motorists last Friday from the no parking spot on the corner of Compayne Gardens and West End Lane.

The car issued seven penalty charge notices to drivers who ignored a “no right turn” sign.

Double yellow lines ban parking 24 hours a day, seven days a week, because parking there is dangerous.

But a Camden Council spokesman said: “Our CCTV cars have permission to park on yellow lines as occasionally this is the only way they can capture the necessary information on vehicles that are breaking the law.

“The CCTV cars will only park in this way when it is both necessary and safe for them to do so/’

When Things Go Wrong

July 29, 2007

“Bureaucracy and social harmony are inversely proportional to each other.” (Leon Trotsky)

Generally speaking Local Authority Traffic Enforcement Departments are extremely good at doing two things; giving out ‘tickets’ and collecting money.

If you do anything, like daring to challenge a PCN, that disturbs this well oiled machine, beware – the consequences are unpredictable.

The only way for a Parking Department to deal with a problem when it arises is first of all for them to admit that there is a problem. But that can’t happen, can it? They are perfect; they never make mistakes. Nothing can ever go wrong in their world.

But things do go wrong, all too frequently, and when it happens you can get sucked into the dystopian world of local government bureaucracy. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then rent a copy of Terry Gilliam’s film Brazil, or read some Kafka.

(© 1985 Embassy International Pictures NV. All rights reserved.)

I have recently been trying to contest some parking tickets of my own with Hackney Council. Whenever they send me a Notice to Owner and I make representation, they just send me another Notice to Owner. It’s quite surreal. Round and round we go. Read the rest of this entry »

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Parking

June 29, 2007

“Where you find the laws most numerous, there you will find also the greatest injustice.” (Arcesilaus)

The rot set in with the Road Traffic Act 1991. This was the act that allowed the police to get rid of parking enforcement and hand the poisoned chalice over to local authorities. Initially it applied to London only, but later, like a virus, it spread nationwide.

Then came the London Local Authorities Act 1996 which introduced bus lane enforcement. Bus lane enforcement was until recently confined to London but it has now ‘escaped’ to the provinces thanks to The Bus Lane Contraventions (Penalty Charges, Adjudication and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2005.

Not satisfied with traffic wardens being able to hand out tickets on the streets, the government then introduced the London Local Authorities Act 2000 which allows London’s local councils to issue parking tickets as a result of CCTV observation.

On top of that we now have the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Act 2003 which defines moving traffic contraventions based on non-compliance with signs that are defined in The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002.

Confused? You’re not the only one.

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