Editorial comment: Parking fine mistakes are too regular
PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 July 2017
During my two-and-a-half years reporting for the Recorder, no stories have proved more divisive or debated than parking pieces.
From unwanted tickets in Ilford, to pay and display machines in Wanstead, this is an issue sure to get the conversation flowing between residents and politicians.
Once again this came to a head at the latest Redbridge Council Local Forum.
Residents of Roll Gardens, Gants Hill, claim that a new enforcement officer has been handing out several fines a day for cars in driveways.
The drives in question were built in the 1940s, and so are smaller than contemporary ones. The cars boots are poking out slightly, but not impeding pedestrians.
Commendably the council leader Cllr Jas Athwal said this was a mistake, and overeager wardens would be retrained.
But this got me thinking about other mistakes the council has made when fining residents.
On Good Friday Dr Geoff Seeff was fined for driving through traffic barriers, despite a sign saying they are open on bank holidays. He was told by the council his appeal wasn’t accepted, until this paper got involved, and coincidentally he got his money back.
In 2016 the Recorder found several RingGo pay and display codes were wrong along Ilford Lane, meaning drivers using the mobile phone service would get fined as their ticket would say they were in the wrong place.
Parking is a tricky issue for the council, with many nuances, but mistaken parking fines are becoming rather too regular.
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