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gumph69

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Pedestrian Zone-camera enforcement
« on: May 11, 2024, 06:52:07 pm »
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I have just received this PCN today. It is dated 29/4/24
As this is a Camera enforcement, it seems that I do not have the right to make an informal appeal
As the PCN has taken an inordinate amount of time to arrive, it does not give me much time to pay the discount rate or to make representations within 14 days
To wit, I thought that the 14-day grace period for paying the discount rate began when the PCN was served. This PCN states ‘If the penalty charge is paid before the end of the period of 14 days beginning with the date of the notice, …’
As for the circumstances, I am perplexed. I do not remember driving down this road nearly 2 weeks ago. These are school street restrictions. The school is on the left behind a fence next to a gap in parked cars
My child went to school there for many years though there were no restrictions in place at the time. It seems that I was in a habit of driving down Wolfington Rd after school without issue
As one can see, the entire area is clear, pupils and parents long gone home as the school day ends at 15.10h. The area is usually packed with kids and carers. Perhaps this lulled me into a sense of ‘all clear’. Had I seen children, it might have clicked my memory about the new road restrictions. Or, perhaps, I thought the restrictions ended at 15.30h. I can’t figure it out. Not remembering the moment or where I was going does not help
At any rate, I seem to have been complacent. I have a lifelong habit of driving down that road. I support the school streets idea and would not have intentionally disregarded the new signs
Nonetheless, I would rather not pay a penalty. Any suggestions on how or if to appeal this will be appreciated. I do not hold out much hope
Thank you for your time





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Re: Pedestrian Zone-camera enforcement
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2024, 07:49:02 pm »
OP--you look bang to rights so you would have to determine if there are flaws in the documentation or the signage.

Here's the Notice:-

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/4234296

Note where it says:-

although in practice it is anticipated that the zones will only operate during these hours in school term-time

I would get hold of the Order to see if that statement is there too. Not "anticipated" but more precise or stronger i.e. "term times only".

If so there could be a case that there is a failure to comply with the Regulation 18 duty of LATOR 1996 because a very significant part of the information as to the effect of the Order has not been  conveyed to road users by the sign in situ.

And this is the case I would use in support:-

Case Details
Case reference    2230471029
Appellant    Harvey Kutner
Authority    London Borough of Camden
VRM    EP19HYL
PCN Details
PCN    CU64608996
Contravention date    13 Jul 2023
Contravention time    08:39:00
Contravention location    Elsworthy Road
Penalty amount    GBP 130.00
Contravention    Fail comply prohibition on certain types vehicle
Referral date    
Decision Date    02 Dec 2023
Adjudicator    Jack Walsh
Appeal decision    Appeal allowed
Direction    cancel the Penalty Charge Notice.
Reasons    
Regulation 18 of the Local Authorities' Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996 (“Regulation 18) reads, as far as is relevant:
“Traffic signs
18 (1) Where an order relating to any road has been made, the order making authority shall take such steps as are necessary to secure
(a) before the order comes into force, the placing on or near the road of such traffic signs in such positions as the order making authority may consider requisite for securing that adequate information as to the effect of the order is made available to persons using the road;
(b) the maintenance of such signs for so long as the order remains in force…”

In R v. Bus Lane Adjudicator ex parte Nottingham City Council [2017] EWHC 430 (Admin) Lang J observed at [38]:
“It is well-established that a failure to comply with the regulation 18 duty as to signage is a proper ground on which an adjudicator may allow an appeal against the issue of a penalty charge notice on the ground that the alleged contravention of the relevant traffic regulation order did not occur. (See R (London Borough of Camden) v. The Parking Adjudicator [2011] EWHC 295 (Admin), per Burnett J. at [50] – [51]).”

By contrast to typical traffic management orders (TMOs) that create a prohibition on motor vehicles on school streets during the beginning and end of the school day, the TMO in this case makes express reference to the term times of the relevant school in its wording. The provision states (with my underlining):
"“No person shall cause any motor vehicle to enter the section of Elsworthy Road which lies between the south-western kerb line of Primrose Hill Road and the northeastern kerb line of Elsworthy Rise between 8.30 and 9.30am and between 3 and 4pm on Mondays to Fridays during school term times”.

The effect of the TMO is limited temporally not merely by the time of day, or the day of the week, but - expressly - by whether the day falls within a school term.

The signage, however, informs road users only of the first two of those three temporal restrictions on the prohibition on motor vehicles. It fails to convey to road users the very significant information that the prohibition does not apply during school holidays which, as the EA's own evidence demonstrates, comprise several weeks of the year.

This is different to the position in respect of the 'typical' school street TMO which makes no reference to term times but is simply not enforced during school holidays. In this case, the EA chose to create, as part of the terms of the TMO, a temporal restriction on the prohibition by reference to term times.

Consequently, there was a clear failure to comply with the Regulation 18 duty because a very significant part of the information as to the effect of the TMO was not conveyed to road users by the relevant signage in place on the occasion in question.

In those circumstances the alleged contravention is not proved.
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Re: Pedestrian Zone-camera enforcement
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2024, 12:51:12 pm »
Thank you very much for your reply

Excuse my ignorance, but I am not sure where to get ahold of this Order? Do I have time?

I have emailed Trafficorders@lambeth.gov.uk as directed on www.lambeth.gov.uk/traffic-management-orders. I will see if and when I get a reply

According to the PCN, dated 3/5, I have only 6 more days to get the discount rate. I still am curious about the chock starting to tick 'beginning with the date on the note'; I thought a certain amount of days were given for service (in this case, 8 days)
The only Lambeth Traffic Order than I could find online is:

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2022-11/REF-15-Prescribed-routes-DRAFT-Order.pdf  This specifically mentions St Matthews Rd, not Wolfington Rd where my alleged contravention is located. I cannot locate the TO specifically written to cover Wolfington Rd

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2024-01/Ref00-moving-traffic-DRAFT-order.pdf This is not a TO, as such, but very generic (and rambling), though Wolfington is mention in the alphabetical list at the end

They both states Draft order, if relevant

It is not clear how I might be able to use the information in the Gazette article

Clearly the sign does not mention anything about school 'term times only'. If the Wolfington Rd TO does not, your Case reference 2230471029 seems perfectly applicable

Thank you


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Re: Pedestrian Zone-camera enforcement
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2024, 03:11:38 pm »
According to the PCN, dated 3/5, I have only 6 more days to get the discount rate. I still am curious about the chock starting to tick 'beginning with the date on the note'; I thought a certain amount of days were given for service (in this case, 8 days)

You are mistaken. The last day for payment at the discount rate is the 16th May.

03/05/2024 = Friday = Day 1 of 14 day discount window
16/05/2024 = Thursday = Day 14 of 14 day discount window.

I would submit your best shot at representations using their online form before close of business on the 16th, preferably the day before. If they reject they probably will, but are not obliged to, re-offer the discount window.

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Is there a postmark on the envelope?
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Re: Pedestrian Zone-camera enforcement
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2024, 03:44:43 pm »
Thanks, Enceladus
That only leaves me 3-4 days, doubltfully enough time to get the Order back from Lambeth
I must be mistaken about the discount period starting on the date of service as opposed to date of issue
What is the argument for the representations?
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Re: Pedestrian Zone-camera enforcement
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2024, 10:40:12 pm »
I thought that the 14-day grace period for paying the discount rate began when the PCN was served.
It depends on the legislation, under this particular Act of Parliament the discount period is 14 days from the date of the notice.

At this point the representation is only there to buy us some time, so it hardly matters what you say as long as you avoid anything self-incriminating.

Something like this should suffice:

Dear London Borough of Lambeth,

I challenge liability on the basis that the signage does not comply with regulation 18(1) of The Local Authorities' Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996.

It follows that the penalty charge must be cancelled.

Yours faithfully,

Hopefully by the time you get the notice of rejection, we will have the traffic order. The notice of rejection should reoffer the discount for a further 14 days from the date of service of that notice, so we'll have a bit of time to consider next steps.
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Re: Pedestrian Zone-camera enforcement
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2024, 10:46:59 pm »
Thank you, Wizard, as always
I will wait until the day before the deadline and send that in. Lambeth may surprise me and get the Order returned by Wednesday
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