Motorist fined for parking outside her own garage in Wimbledon

Wimbledon Guardian: A motorist fined for parking outside her own garage is celebrating after parking officials cancelled the fine. A motorist fined for parking outside her own garage is celebrating after parking officials cancelled the fine.

A motorist fined for parking outside her own garage is celebrating after parking officials were made to see sense.

Doctor Jo Lyons, of Parkleigh Road, Wimbledon, was ordered to pay a £55 penalty for parking on a dropped kerb, which officers claimed blocked the entrance to her own and neighbours' garages.

But Merton Council's own photos clearly show the car was not obstructing other garage doors.

Dr Lyons said: "The council appears to have lost sight of the fact that the purpose of the dropped kerb in front of my garage is to enable me to have access to my own property.

"The purpose is not so that the council can make money out of the enforcement."

After a five-week battle involving bringing in help from ward councillor Andrew Judge, consultations with the RAC Foundation and Parliamentary Transport Select Committee, Dr Lyons' fine was cancelled.

The council also confirmed vehicles parked by the drop kerb will no longer be automatically penalised.

Dr Lyons, said: "I do feel angry about this. As an educated person I knew who to contact to get help cancelling this ticket, but the majority of people don't know how to do that."

 

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9:15am Fri 17 Jan 14

RP_CPN says...

How is the council supposed to know that the car belongs to that garage?

"The council also confirmed vehicles parked by the drop kerb will no longer be automatically penalised."

is that Borough wide?
How is the council supposed to know that the car belongs to that garage? "The council also confirmed vehicles parked by the drop kerb will no longer be automatically penalised." is that Borough wide? RP_CPN
  • Score: 1

10:14am Fri 17 Jan 14

Tobermory says...

Whilst the Council may use their discretion to cancel any ticket its strange that they have informed the Doctor that she may now park in contravention with impunity? The exemption to parking on your own drop kerb does not apply in the case of shared access which even the Doctor admits this is and for good reason, what if she blocked her neighbours access? Is this a new policy will all neighbours who park across shared drives be exempted even if the neighbour does not agree?
Councillor Judge is also ignoring the government guidance issued to local authorities in regards dealing with appeals. Section 11.2 of the operational guidance clearly states:
Elected members may wish to review their parking representations
policies, particularly in the area of discretion, to ensure consistency
with published policies. However, elected members and unauthorised
staff should not, under any circumstances, play a part in deciding the
outcome of individual challenges or representations.
It seems clear from the Doctors comments its not what you know its who you know and one has to wonder is someone else who clearly broke the parking regulations would have their ticket cancelled and be given carte blanche to carry on doing so whilst lesser mortals just pay up and learn from their mistake.
Whilst the Council may use their discretion to cancel any ticket its strange that they have informed the Doctor that she may now park in contravention with impunity? The exemption to parking on your own drop kerb does not apply in the case of shared access which even the Doctor admits this is and for good reason, what if she blocked her neighbours access? Is this a new policy will all neighbours who park across shared drives be exempted even if the neighbour does not agree? Councillor Judge is also ignoring the government guidance issued to local authorities in regards dealing with appeals. Section 11.2 of the operational guidance clearly states: Elected members may wish to review their parking representations policies, particularly in the area of discretion, to ensure consistency with published policies. However, elected members and unauthorised staff should not, under any circumstances, play a part in deciding the outcome of individual challenges or representations. It seems clear from the Doctors comments its not what you know its who you know and one has to wonder is someone else who clearly broke the parking regulations would have their ticket cancelled and be given carte blanche to carry on doing so whilst lesser mortals just pay up and learn from their mistake. Tobermory
  • Score: 8

10:17am Fri 17 Jan 14

alphabeti says...

The dropped kerb is there to allow access to and from the property that much is true. It is not there as a means to 'reserve' a parking spot. She would be the first to complain if some random person parked there but now the council won't intervene so expect another article soon...
The dropped kerb is there to allow access to and from the property that much is true. It is not there as a means to 'reserve' a parking spot. She would be the first to complain if some random person parked there but now the council won't intervene so expect another article soon... alphabeti
  • Score: 8

10:33am Fri 17 Jan 14

Tobermory says...

alphabeti wrote:
The dropped kerb is there to allow access to and from the property that much is true. It is not there as a means to 'reserve' a parking spot. She would be the first to complain if some random person parked there but now the council won't intervene so expect another article soon...
The drop kerb is now technically unenforceable as if either neighbour complains the Council will be unable to assertain if the car is parked by the other garage owner. I wonder how many drivers reading this that require a parking spot that's conveniant for the near-by tram stop will now be making a bee line for Parkleigh road?
[quote][p][bold]alphabeti[/bold] wrote: The dropped kerb is there to allow access to and from the property that much is true. It is not there as a means to 'reserve' a parking spot. She would be the first to complain if some random person parked there but now the council won't intervene so expect another article soon...[/p][/quote]The drop kerb is now technically unenforceable as if either neighbour complains the Council will be unable to assertain if the car is parked by the other garage owner. I wonder how many drivers reading this that require a parking spot that's conveniant for the near-by tram stop will now be making a bee line for Parkleigh road? Tobermory
  • Score: 7

11:39am Fri 17 Jan 14

alphabeti says...

Tobermory wrote:
Whilst the Council may use their discretion to cancel any ticket its strange that they have informed the Doctor that she may now park in contravention with impunity? The exemption to parking on your own drop kerb does not apply in the case of shared access which even the Doctor admits this is and for good reason, what if she blocked her neighbours access? Is this a new policy will all neighbours who park across shared drives be exempted even if the neighbour does not agree?
Councillor Judge is also ignoring the government guidance issued to local authorities in regards dealing with appeals. Section 11.2 of the operational guidance clearly states:
Elected members may wish to review their parking representations
policies, particularly in the area of discretion, to ensure consistency
with published policies. However, elected members and unauthorised
staff should not, under any circumstances, play a part in deciding the
outcome of individual challenges or representations.
It seems clear from the Doctors comments its not what you know its who you know and one has to wonder is someone else who clearly broke the parking regulations would have their ticket cancelled and be given carte blanche to carry on doing so whilst lesser mortals just pay up and learn from their mistake.
I've had a few parking tickets in the last year. Two successfully appealed and two grudeingly paid. I never thought to involve my councillor or local rag. I consider myself 'an educated person' but clearly I am missing a trick. I will make sure I contact my local representative for all future appeals. Incidentally does this work for inter-council appeals too. Say if I live in Merton but happen to get a ticket in Kingston perhaps at New Malden leisure centre or such like? If Councillor Judge would clarify that would be greatly appreciated.
[quote][p][bold]Tobermory[/bold] wrote: Whilst the Council may use their discretion to cancel any ticket its strange that they have informed the Doctor that she may now park in contravention with impunity? The exemption to parking on your own drop kerb does not apply in the case of shared access which even the Doctor admits this is and for good reason, what if she blocked her neighbours access? Is this a new policy will all neighbours who park across shared drives be exempted even if the neighbour does not agree? Councillor Judge is also ignoring the government guidance issued to local authorities in regards dealing with appeals. Section 11.2 of the operational guidance clearly states: Elected members may wish to review their parking representations policies, particularly in the area of discretion, to ensure consistency with published policies. However, elected members and unauthorised staff should not, under any circumstances, play a part in deciding the outcome of individual challenges or representations. It seems clear from the Doctors comments its not what you know its who you know and one has to wonder is someone else who clearly broke the parking regulations would have their ticket cancelled and be given carte blanche to carry on doing so whilst lesser mortals just pay up and learn from their mistake.[/p][/quote]I've had a few parking tickets in the last year. Two successfully appealed and two grudeingly paid. I never thought to involve my councillor or local rag. I consider myself 'an educated person' but clearly I am missing a trick. I will make sure I contact my local representative for all future appeals. Incidentally does this work for inter-council appeals too. Say if I live in Merton but happen to get a ticket in Kingston perhaps at New Malden leisure centre or such like? If Councillor Judge would clarify that would be greatly appreciated. alphabeti
  • Score: -2

12:07pm Fri 17 Jan 14

robmorleyuk says...

It was right to issue the ticket.
A parking enforcement officer should not need to know both the owner of the garage and the car, that would betray the privacy of our personal data. The Doctor believes themselves an educated person, superior to an assumed ignorance of others - the Doctor in their education should also know the penalties for parking in such a manner.
It was right to issue the ticket. A parking enforcement officer should not need to know both the owner of the garage and the car, that would betray the privacy of our personal data. The Doctor believes themselves an educated person, superior to an assumed ignorance of others - the Doctor in their education should also know the penalties for parking in such a manner. robmorleyuk
  • Score: 7

1:46pm Fri 17 Jan 14

alphabeti says...

Dr Lyons, said: "I do feel angry about this. As an educated person I knew who to contact to get help cancelling this ticket, but the majority of people don't know how to do that."

I think this should read : "As someone who is involved with the Merton Education department I was able to bend the ear of my local councillor and call in a favour"

This smacks of impropriety. I wonder if the Local Government Ombudsman would be interested. Really if you're going to pull strings please don't brag about it in the paper.
Dr Lyons, said: "I do feel angry about this. As an educated person I knew who to contact to get help cancelling this ticket, but the majority of people don't know how to do that." I think this should read : "As someone who is involved with the Merton Education department I was able to bend the ear of my local councillor and call in a favour" This smacks of impropriety. I wonder if the Local Government Ombudsman would be interested. Really if you're going to pull strings please don't brag about it in the paper. alphabeti
  • Score: 7

12:08am Sat 18 Jan 14

Tobermory says...

alphabeti wrote:
Dr Lyons, said: "I do feel angry about this. As an educated person I knew who to contact to get help cancelling this ticket, but the majority of people don't know how to do that."

I think this should read : "As someone who is involved with the Merton Education department I was able to bend the ear of my local councillor and call in a favour"

This smacks of impropriety. I wonder if the Local Government Ombudsman would be interested. Really if you're going to pull strings please don't brag about it in the paper.
Sitting on the Merton Council Children and young people overview and scrutiny panel obviously has some added perks!
[quote][p][bold]alphabeti[/bold] wrote: Dr Lyons, said: "I do feel angry about this. As an educated person I knew who to contact to get help cancelling this ticket, but the majority of people don't know how to do that." I think this should read : "As someone who is involved with the Merton Education department I was able to bend the ear of my local councillor and call in a favour" This smacks of impropriety. I wonder if the Local Government Ombudsman would be interested. Really if you're going to pull strings please don't brag about it in the paper.[/p][/quote]Sitting on the Merton Council Children and young people overview and scrutiny panel obviously has some added perks! Tobermory
  • Score: 3

8:33pm Sun 19 Jan 14

emilysw19 says...

The exemption for parking across your drive only applies if its outside a private residence, I found this out at my expense after getting a PCN outside my workplace. The garage is clearly not a private residence and is not even attatched to the Doctors house as she lives (according to google @ no.12) the garage is at the rear of number 13. Looking at the car and the garage I doubt it would even fit in the garage so the writing on the garage doors just seems to be there to secure a nice reserved parking spot for the Doctor. I'm amazed the Council cancelled this they are either completely incompetant and do not know their own rules or the fact the lady is a member of several Council comittees swayed their judgement, either way it stinks!
The exemption for parking across your drive only applies if its outside a private residence, I found this out at my expense after getting a PCN outside my workplace. The garage is clearly not a private residence and is not even attatched to the Doctors house as she lives (according to google @ no.12) the garage is at the rear of number 13. Looking at the car and the garage I doubt it would even fit in the garage so the writing on the garage doors just seems to be there to secure a nice reserved parking spot for the Doctor. I'm amazed the Council cancelled this they are either completely incompetant and do not know their own rules or the fact the lady is a member of several Council comittees swayed their judgement, either way it stinks! emilysw19
  • Score: 3

1:09pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Mind the gap says...

Anyone can be educated but unfortunately common sense doesn't come out of a text book.
Anyone can be educated but unfortunately common sense doesn't come out of a text book. Mind the gap
  • Score: 3

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