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oldnebraskan

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Hi all,

Back in February while visiting my sister I received a PCN from Wandsworth Council claiming I parked in a residents or shared use parking place without a valid virtual permit or clearly displaying a valid permit or voucher or pay and display ticket issued for that place with parking contravention code 12.

On the day in question I did park on the street like in many previous occasions and I never noticed that in that side of the street there was a sign for resident parking only.

However the only sign I noticed on the street was from RingGo saying that payment was required for parking in location 10470 which I did pay online at around 2:48 PM until 5:30 PM

I have made an appeal to the council explaining my circumstances and that I never noticed the resident sign on the street and that I never tried to mislead the council or avoid parking without payment and that on that day I made a genuine mistake. My appeal was rejected claiming that the signage was located in close proximity to the rear of your vehicle and that parking remains the motorist responsibility . From the PCN pictures where my car was parked the sign mentioned in my rejection letter is at least at another car length and therefore not as close to my car and definitely not visible from the pictures taken from the rear of my car.

My question here is does anyone think or has had experience further appealing a similar PCN with Wandsworth council and do you think an independent party would see this as a genuine mistake as payment for parking was made at the time of the contravention?


All details hosted - https://imgur.com/a/7dlNF7o

I thought all signs in the street related to Permit Holders or Pay and Display users as:
https://maps.app.goo.gl/jq4qozG76vaYEeY77
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cp8759

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It doesn't really matter whether it was a genuine mistake, what matters is whether we can establish a legal defence. I'm not sure the photos you've shown us even establish a prima-facie contravention, please give us the PCN number and number plate and I will double check and also have a look at the traffic order for this street.

The notice to owner will demand the full amount but as long as you challenge it within 14 days the discount is almost inevitably reoffered, so don't worry too much about the discount.

Are you the registered keeper and do you have the V5C?
I am not on the "motorists's side", nor am I on the "police/CPS/council's" side, I am simply in favour of the rule of law. Section 6 of the Interpretation Act 1978 applies to everything I post as it would apply to an Act of Parliament. I am a Conservative councillor, this means some people think I am "scum". I am not a lawyer.

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oldnebraskan

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@cp8759 thanks for replying!

From all the pictures I have seen none of them show my car near the resident parking bay mention in the ticket nor do the parking bays in the street look different between the residents spaces and Pay and Display.

PCN number is WA89693394 and number plates is LX64UBZ. I am the registered keeper and do have the V5C.
« Last Edit: April 03, 2024, 10:39:05 am by oldnebraskan »

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Council photos:





















GSV: https://maps.app.goo.gl/QrZbj2SxuJdJYy788

The traffic order is The Wandsworth (Tooting Broadway) (Parking Places) (No. 1) Order 1999 as amended by The Wandsworth (Tooting Broadway) (Parking Places) (No. 2) Order 1999 and The Wandsworth (Tooting Broadway) (Parking Places) (No. 1) Order 2002.

As long as the address on the V5C is up to date (don't assume, physically check it), let us know when you have the notice to owner and we'll draft something for you.
I am not on the "motorists's side", nor am I on the "police/CPS/council's" side, I am simply in favour of the rule of law. Section 6 of the Interpretation Act 1978 applies to everything I post as it would apply to an Act of Parliament. I am a Conservative councillor, this means some people think I am "scum". I am not a lawyer.

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oldnebraskan

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I have just checked the V5C and the address is up to date.

Two questions please:

1- How long does the notice to owner normally takes to arrive (so I can keep an eye on the post)?
2- As you mention you will draft something I guess at least I have a small chance to formally appeal the PCN?

Thanks again

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They have up to 6 months from the date of the contravention to serve a notice to owner, but we'd normally expected it within 2 or 3 weeks of the expiry of the extended discount period.

There's always a good chance of getting a PCN cancelled, across the site I'd estimate over 80% of PCNs we see can be beaten for some reason or another. The biggest problem we have is people getting scared and giving up / paying prematurely.

A few of us act as professional representatives and we consistently win 85 - 90% of appeals.

If you get a formal notice of rejection and we think you don't have better than even odds and would be best advised to pay the discount, we'll tell you at the time.
I am not on the "motorists's side", nor am I on the "police/CPS/council's" side, I am simply in favour of the rule of law. Section 6 of the Interpretation Act 1978 applies to everything I post as it would apply to an Act of Parliament. I am a Conservative councillor, this means some people think I am "scum". I am not a lawyer.

Quote from: 'Gumph' date='Thu, 19 Jan 2023 - 10:23'
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