Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Highway Robbery

A Local authority that is making £27 million cuts to services has had to write off more than £2.5 million in unpaid parking fines, it was revealed yesterday. A confidential report said some 34,260 tickets issued in Aberdeen over four years had had to be scrapped because of a legal mistake. The move comes after a court ruled all parking tickets should include the date of the offence and date the ticket was issued. A High Court judge in England made the ruling after two successful appeals against Barnet Council.

Labour councillor Willie Young said: "This is atrocious news. This is public money that was owed to the council. More should have been done at the time to chase it up."

No Councillor Young, it's not public money that was owed to the council, it's money your council attempted to illegally extort from motorists.
If your current chief executive officer can't run a legal parking system then find someone who can. The local council taxpayer should not be expected to suffer because you employ incompetent staff. However, your comments make it clear that your council uses parking enforcement as an alternative to local taxes.

Councillor Young,
The question you should be asking your fellow councillors is "why are we employing people on fat cat salaries when they can't even implement a simple parking enforcement system properly?"

It's a good job that someone took legal action rather than relying on the Local Government Ombudsman. Even if the council's parking enforcement was illegal the Local Government Ombudsman would have just excused it as a simple administrative error!

Read the Scotsman article here

Or what Neil Herron has to say here

The law means ... lines, signs(Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002), Traffic Orders (Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and the Local Authority Traffic Order Procedures 1996) and associated paperwork issued under the 1991 Road Traffic Act or the 2004 Traffic Management Act.

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