Here is the Lancashire Evening Telegraph's headlines from 31st May 2006
One-man war on parking fines
By Caroline Innes
A FINE-BUSTER who has won legal battles across the country today claimed thousands of motorists across Lancashire had been illegally issued with parking tickets.
Neil Herron, who has waged a one-man war against decriminalised parking enforcement, said the tickets were not lawfully worded documents and could be successfully challenged if they hadn't been paid.
Today the county council insisted its legal advisors said the tickets were valid.
But it said that independent parking adjudicators existed to allow people to challenge their tickets if they felt they had a case.
Mr Herron urged any motorist with a ParkWise Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to contact him so he could consolidate all the appeals into one legal action.
So, Parkwise who claimed that their PCNs were lawful have had a slapping from the adjudicator ... and have been told 'no they are not.'
Well, we did warn them.
The situation now is this:
- all Parkwise PCNs that are not correctly worded cannot legally be pursued.
I have just been informed by Parkwise that they amended their PCNs again on 9th October 2006. That means that before then they were not correctly worded. However, they are claiming that it is up to each motorist to appeal ... Sorry, no it is not. It is up to Parkwise to inform the motorist that their PCN will not be pursued.
Anyone with a PCN which is incorrectly worded can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org but can also make a complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman should Parkwise or the local authority continue to pursue the PCN instead of writing it off.
If you want to see how bad their admin is click here
They haven't even altered the PCN on their website to include the latest series of incorrect changes. Even the NCP PAs patrolling the streets of Sunderland from Preston claim Parkwise is useless.