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Parking fines rumpus opens door to appeals

A tribunal's criticism of council parking penalty notices could have major implications for Workington motorists wishing to challenge fines.

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PARKING FINE APPEALS: Mark Jenkinson, of Milburn Street

Allerdale council revealed yesterday that it was reviewing the wording of its penalty charge notice after comments by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.

It follows a successful appeal by Workington resident Mark Jenkinson against six parking fines issued to him in the town centre.

The ruling means that hundreds of other motorists could follow in the footsteps of Mr Jenkinson, 32, of Milburn Street, who was given tickets for parking on single yellow lines at Upton Street.

The appeal tribunal highlighted that the parking charge notice issued to Mr Jenkinson was unclear about whether the fine was being enforced by Allerdale council or the county council.

The district council manages on-street parking on behalf of the county authority.

Tribunal adjudicator M F Kennedy said it was not clear whether the council enforcing the fine was entitled to enforce it.

Traffic regulation order extracts failed to show that there was a controlled parking zone on Upton Street, he added.

He said there was the potential for “procedural impropriety” if the enforcement authority, stated to be Cumbria County Council, was dealing with representations by reference to a different authority’s policy.

He said: “In other words, they may be fettering their discretion.

“The absence of the proper delegation authority, or indeed the traffic regulation order in a meaningful form, means that there is considerable doubt as to which council is enforcing and whether it is entitled to enforce.”

An Allerdale council spokeswoman said yesterday: “We are now reviewing the points raised by the adjudicator, in particular his advisory note regarding the wording of the penalty charge notice.

“The appeal was allowed on a factual basis relating to the controlled parking zone.

“The points raised by the adjudicator regarding the wording of the penalty charge notice were advisory and we are reviewing this.

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“Each challenge or appeal against a penalty charge notice will be treated upon its own merits.”

Mr Jenkinson has spent four years trying to highlight issues with the parking regime in Workington.

In November he launched an online petition against the county council’s planned on-street parking charges.

He took his appeal to tribunal after being unsuccessful at a formal appeal with Allerdale council last year. The appeal was into six parking fines issued against him between April 2 and May 10, 2013.

Mr Jenkinson said that 15 other fines over the years had been cancelled on technicalities before they got to the appeal stage.

He said: “This has proved the things I have been saying to the council about irregularities in parking enforcement.

“Had I not contested six penalty charge notices at once the council would still be cancelling them before they got to this point on various technicalities.

“If the authorities insist on penalising shoppers and motorists they must do it to the letter of the law.

“Some of these issues go back more than 10 years to the decriminalisation of parking enforcement.

“In that time how many hundreds, if not thousands, of motorists have been affected?”

Have your say

No system where those who enforce the law, profit by it, should be allowed.

If it is true that Allerdale Council have accumulated this huge surplus through the unlawful issuing of tickets then it is an outrageous scandal.

An independent enquiry should be set up, a judicial review should take place and those responsible should be held to account.

What say our Councillors on this? Isn't Mike Heaslip the Councillor in charge of car parking - where are you Mike? Are you on holiday? Working out your expenses claim? There's been not a single comment in the paper from any one of mine and your elected representatives. Shame on them.

No matter, I've just dropped a line to Private Eye and The Guardian about this act of piracy, watch this space ... ...

Posted by Alex on 27 March 2014 at 01:33

@Pippin

I could park forevermore in this town without paying a ticket I wouldn't doubt, I could do it quietly while me and my family benefit. I choose not to, instead preferring to highlight the poor excuses for councillors we have in Workington, and the council officials alongside them. EVERY SINGLE one of them has had information from me over the last four years relating to unlawfully issued PCNs that Allerdale BC have fraudulently issued. Those who complain have their PCNs cancelled as the silent majority pay up. I risked £420 in parking charges, travelled to a tribunal & lost a days wages, and spent many hundreds of hours researching legislation, adjudications and court cases to get this adjudication - and I won't stop here. Free parking anyone?

Wise up @Pippin and ask yourself who's really dishonest?

Posted by Mark Jenkinson on 25 March 2014 at 20:02

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