Last December I was hit by a stonking great parking fine. It was ÂŁ60 for parking opposite a sign that effectively said â€śno parking until 6.30pmâ€ť – 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 mayâ€™ve upped the ante both by writing about it here, and including it in my News of the World Column and hoped the council wouldnâ€™t 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 didnâ€™t pay up the ÂŁ60, it would double to ÂŁ120.
See the letter here…
I wrote back saying I didnâ€™t 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 whatâ€™s outrageous is this WASNâ€™T 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 â€śrestrictions can and do differ on opposite sides of the road.â€ť Yet the only sign on either side in that street is the one giving the time to be 6.30pm
Thereâ€™s a golden rule in this… if you think youâ€™re right… go for it.