Last December I was hit by a stonking great parking fine. It was ÂŁ60 for parking opposite a sign that effectively said âno parking until 6.30pmâ – outrageously my fine was for parking there at 6.35pm. I blogged back then that this would be the first of my reclaim campaigns I would actually be using myself (see Parking: my first reclaim blog).
So I sent off adapted template letters from the parking ticket appeals guide, for an informal appeal and crossed my fingers. I knew I mayâve upped the ante both by writing about it here, and including it in my News of the World Column and hoped the council wouldnât get militant because of it.
Unsurprisingly, the first letter I got back was a standard rejection â with photos â explaining why I had no case, and if I didnât pay up the ÂŁ60, it would double to ÂŁ120.
See the letter here…
I wrote back saying I didnât accept this, and then I (again using the template letters) took it to a formal appeal. Then there was a delay, a seeming age â I wrote back in early Feb, yet it took until early April for me to get a reply…
In it came the fateful words:
See the full letter â again
So no fine to pay. Yet whatâs outrageous is this WASNâT spotted on the first appeal; it admits the signage is incorrect, but it took me having to risk the fine increasing to get it sorted out. Worse still, the note says ârestrictions can and do differ on opposite sides of the road.â Yet the only sign on either side in that street is the one giving the time to be 6.30pm
Thereâs a golden rule in this… if you think youâre right… go for it.