Saturday, June 28, 2008

What's going on in Huddersfield? Councillor says no-one is going to get their money back

The Huddersfield Examiner reports today ... Are 1,000s of Kirklees parking tickets unlawful?
Jun 27 2008
by nick lavigueur, Huddersfield Daily Examiner

An extract from the report ...

Sheffield City Council was recently forced to offer motorists who were wrongly fined a refund, but Kirklees Cllr David Hall, cabinet member for highways, said no one in Kirklees would be getting their money back.
He said: “If we are aware that any area or bay is not compliant with legislation then we have not fined people for parking there.
“The difference between us and Sheffield City Council is that they had full knowledge that what they were doing was not compliant.
“I assure you that in this council that is not the case.
“As soon as we are aware that somewhere is non compliant we are out within days to put it right.”

However, a word of advice to the councillor ... it was a necessary condition of the council's application to the DfT for decriminalised parking enforcement powers that signs were marked in accordance with TSRGD 2002. So who has been misled? The DfT? Kirklees motorists?
The million dollar question is whether the council has enforced in any of the dozens of locations identified as non-compliant.

The Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees) Order 2006 came into force 3rd July 2006 and this was the point enforcement began and the point the council began enforcing restrictions it knew did not comply with the law.

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