Parking Mate UK has successfully challenged Croydon Council Penalty Charge Notices on Parsons Mead after it was found to have issued a series of invalid parking fines, with a 90% success rate for motorists. Adjudicators at a London Tribunal have confirmed many of the tickets issued on Parsons Mead; Croydon are indeed invalid after ruling that the signage on the street was insufficient.
One motorist and resident who accumulated £845 of fines for driving in the low traffic neighbourhood, appealed the parking charges through Parking Mate UK had 12 of their 13 penalty charge notices overturned by Croydon Council. The motorist received five of the 13 penalty notices on the same day. He was completely unaware of the restrictions due to poor signage on the surrounding roads.
The restrictions on Parsons Mead and other areas of Croydon came into effect in October 2020 when the council introduced the Streetspace initiative. This is a London-wide scheme where 20 boroughs are funded and supported by Transport for London (TfL) to create more space for people to safely walk or cycle in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, innocent motorists are penalised because the signage in the area is inadequate. In some cases, signs are so close to restricted areas drivers have no alternative but to enter the road and become trapped by the restrictions.
Leo Musami, Founder and Parking Fine Specialist at Parking Mate UK, said, “We have seen several complaints relating to the Parsons Road restrictions. Drivers are now appealing to Croydon Council fines and winning. The case against Croydon City Council has strengthened following confirmation from The London Tribunal that many of these fines are invalid.”
The council now faces the possibility of more motorists appealing their fines for parking and driving in the restricted area. This is following the traffic adjudicator upholding another motorist’s appeal in the same area. They stated: “the signage in place was difficult to see and therefore the signage in place is not adequate”. The number of motorists caught out by the scheme shows an immediate need for more and clearer warning signs on the roads leading up to the restricted areas.
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