Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Sunday Mirror's Judge Tread takes Offence

Looks like Medway Council's parking woes are set to grow.

Legal expert Ollie Mishcon aka Judge Tread has also picked up on Medway Council's non-compliant Notice to Owner.

Where does that leave motorists who have paid?

Well, anyone who ticked the box and then lost an appeal should ask for their money back. However, this will be an even bigger embarrassment for the National Parking Adjudication Service whose adjudicators failed to pick up on this fundamental 'offensive' error (in over 970 appeals)*... and who have yet again been shown up to be crassly incompetent ... no offence intended.

If that is the case then you can ask NPAS for an out of time review.

To add to the NPAS embarrassment, at the Traffic Law Seminar in Leeds in July 2003 ( the minutes of which are on the DfT website) councils were told by the National Parking Adjudication Service (the adjudication body to deal with appeals after a council has rejected an appeal against a Notice to Owner) to 'mind their language.'

Parking matters are no longer 'offences' ... they are contraventions. 'A person is no longer guilty of an offence.'

Well, perhaps the adjudicators should have been told as well 'cos it looks like quite a few non-compliant notices have slipped through somebody's fingers.

Parking Appeals is the website campaigning for the rights of beleaguered motorist ... and exposing those councils who think that they are above the law.

Remember, NPAS receives 60p from EVERY PCN issued in the country, and that is their only source of funding.

* Medway NPAS Appeals
2000-2001 = 118
2001-2002 = 204
2002-2003 = 190
2003 = 176
2004 = 95
2005 = 191
Total 974

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