"Merton Chamber of Commerce chairman Andrew Wakefield was surprised to receive a parking ticket outside his house in Wimbledon."I was always surprised to get a parking ticket, in Wimbledon or anywhere else, until I realised it's a big con.I made a decision back in 2004 NEVER to pay a PCN (penalty charge notice) And I never have. I've made about 15 appeals to PATAS and I have won every single appeal, except one, and I would have taken that to judicial review (and won) but I just don't have the time. So my message is: don't pay, appeal. You have to make the first appeal to the council, which is a waste of time because they will ALWAYS send you a Notice of Rejection. Then you appeal to PATAS. PATAS are not independent, they are funded by parking ticket money, but there is some attempt at impartiality. They are qualified solicitors at least. It's not the money, it's the principle. And if they want to take my £120 penalty charge (always lawfully) they are going to have to spent thousands to get it. If everyone did the same the system would collapse. Reply if you have PCNs and don't have time to appeal them. I'm .... nah, council might be monitoring this site.
Kate Walsh ● 3448d1 Comments
This is interesting. I got a PCN in Tooting a month ago even though I was displaying a blue badge. I appealed straight away and so far I've only had an acknowledgment from the Council (Wandsworth). It's already past the time by which they said they'd respond and I don't know whether that means they've accepted my appeal or not.
Anne Horsburgh ● 3364d