- WTF! Swinley content.
I come back from the trails to find that some twunt of a civil enforcement officer has decided, at 16:37 to issue me with a Parking fine to the princely sum of £50. I had a valid ticket on top of the dash which I’d paid for.
So now it’s going to be my word against a CEO what chance do I have?
What should be my next course of action?Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
I’d calm down, call the number on the fine and explain that you have a valid ticket and that the CEO must have made a mistake. Then offer to email them a scan of the ticket and expect cancellation forthwith.
Everyone makes mistakes. I had the same from a carpark in Windsor. Cancellation is straightforward if you have the ticket as evidence.Posted 4 years agosugdenrMember
Was it displayed clearly? They take a picture of the vehicle. The scan and forget won’t work, I fought them but it’s run by Vinci and they play hardball I really had to fight. And i believe that council carparks are protected by bylaw so the it’s not enforceable claim won’t help.Posted 4 years agochipMember
As above they may argue but stick to your guns and they will drop it.
Never send the original ticket even if they ask as it will conveniently get lost in the post.
I had a similar situation elsewhere, they kept insisting I should pay despite me repeatedly sending them copies of the ticket. Until they said they would take me to court and I replied I will see you there and I will bring my ticket.
Then they wrote to say they would let me off against there better judgment , and not to do it again .Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
Write them a polite but firm letter including a scan/photocopy of the parking ticket saying it was clearly displayed on the dash. From a purely technical point I believe the ticket probably states it should be stuck to the windscreen but they won’t hold you to that. FYI the CEO’s have targets to meet in terms of the number of tickets issued so they can be quite trigger happy.Posted 4 years agooldnickMember
Me too on Saturday!
Planning on scanning the ticket and penalty charge notice and including that in a cheery email.
Something like 50% of challenged PCN’s get overturned, be lucky 🙂
And calling these people CEO’s is hilarious, I don’t recall many Chief Executive Officers plodding round carparks in a fluorescent tabard.Posted 4 years agodeadkennySubscriber
Don’t know about CEOs, it’s council parking enforcement officials, although maybe outsourced, they ultimately answer to bureaucrats in Bracknell council and elected councillors, if not the local MP also.
The parking enforcement there has been pretty aggressive, though they stated from day one the one and only aim for the parking charges there was to fund council budget shortcuts. From the figures I’ve heard about they’ve made far more than expected and a nice chunk of it specifically comes from fines which I’m sure they depend on. It could be too many people are paying up properly and leaving on time, so if fines are down they’ll get more picky 😉Posted 4 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
I’d be wary of ignoring it if it’s anything to do with the council.
If it’s from some Portakabin based knuckledragger firm just totally ignore it. Don’t plead innocence, just ignore.
If it’s the council, they usually have photographic evidence that your ticket wasn’t displayed. The one in Brum did when I tried to get away with it. Ticket had honestly blown off the dash when I shut the door. I showed them a valid ticket, but they just kept pointing to failure to display a valid ticket.
What annoys me is that, if I hadn’t bothered buying a ticket I’d be no worse off.
Face it, your just an honest law abiding citizen against a morally corrupt regime.Posted 4 years ago
Those in positions of power won’t change the system as they can just get tickets cancelled at will anyway.
So I’ve emailed them explaining the situation and asking them to adjust their records accordingly. They will probably ask me for a copy of the ticket which I will then send them. The ticket doesn’t have a sticky back and it looks like one of the heat sensitive paper types so will it fry if I scan it?Posted 4 years agospacemonkeyMember
I had a fine overturned last year. Warden had issued me a penalty because he/she apparently couldn’t properly see the ticket on my dash. I’d left a window down as dog was in the car so a breeze must have flipped the ticket over blah blah. Explained this over the phone and emailed copy. Penalty revoked.Posted 4 years ago
Quick update. I received a reply today from the Bracknell forest council rejecting my appeal as the supplied photos show my ticket upside down on the dash. I’m a bit gutted really. I certainly haven’t deliberately set out to deceive or anything. I followed the rules and paid for the service I was using. I expect to be given the benefit of doubt.Posted 4 years agoDickyboyMember
^^^^^^^ excellent go to the toppers of the class
* Oxford council will note on pcn if ticket is upside down & presumably let you off if you then produce a correctly paid ticket (number plate & time recorded on ticket) – I say presumably because numpty who issued me with one wrote down the wrong reg number 🙂Posted 4 years agob rMember
Quick update. I received a reply today from the Bracknell forest council rejecting my appeal as the supplied photos show my ticket upside down on the dash.
Stuff like this seriously pi55es me off. You’d bought a ticket and they could both see it and read it – they were just been ****s.
At this point, I’d not converse with them any more – but don’t park at Swinley again though…, in case they’ve some ‘enforcement’ measures.Posted 4 years agozippykonaSubscriber
On the flip side some people just don’t get parking tickets.Posted 4 years ago
One bloke near my shop has a lime green Subaru that he parks all day in the hour bay .
Then there’s my best mate (not really) who uses a disabled badge ,though clearly able bodied and parks all day in the loading bay when the limit for disabled badges is 3 hours. Today he even had his front wheels outside the box and on the red route.
Ps cycling to work I really shouldn’t give a shit but grrrrrrrr.TooTallMember
It is probably a condition of the ticket that it is displayed so that it can be read. I’d check up on that.
NPAS case RF4
In case number RF4 brought before NPAS, a pay and display ticket had been purchased from the machine but was displayed upside down so it could not be read. The motorist received a PCN and appealed. The adjudicator said that the council had not exercised discretion because their policy had no regard to particular circumstances of each case.
An adjudicator cannot cancel a PCN on compassionate grounds or for compelling reasons but he can refer the matter back to the council if he believes that they did not discharge their duty to do so.
They’ll likely tell you to poke off and probably refer you to the bit where it has to be displayed so it can be read.Posted 4 years agorob2Member
I had this exact problem with north Tyneside council . My ticket blew on the dashboard and was upside down.
After a long wrangling period of letters and discussions of court they cancelled it.
They’ll never turn up a court as they’ll have other stuff to do.
It’s galling but just keep at it. It made my blood boil at the time. Good lick sir.Posted 4 years agocrosshairMember
I hate stuff like this- who pays who here?
You had a valid ticket- end of.
Be strong comrade 😉
Seriously, are we all now duty bound to make sure that every time we slam the boot shut, the blast of air hasn’t dislodged the ticket- if they cared that much they should provide sticky ones.
Just hang it out as long as possible- make sure their costs of working on the case far outweigh the fine.Posted 4 years ago
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