30 July 2006
I call it Parking Ticket Number 1 or Royal Parking Kerfuffle
I have made a Parking Appeal and lost. The Parking Appeal Tribunal Adjudicator agrees with Westminster Council who maintain that they have provided evidence to the Tribunal that confirms that there are parking restriction notices that prohibit parking in the street where we parked.
Westminster Council and other Councils have been publicly criticised by a Parliamentary Committee for “unclear and misleading” parking restriction notices. There are in fact no parking restriction notices whatever in the entire street where we were parked. Nor are there any meters or ticket machines.
You would think that a situation where parking restriction notices do not exist would satisfy the criteria of the category, “unclear and misleading”
Westminster Council say there are signs. I say there are not.
Parking appeals tribunal Adjudicator says they have evidence provided by Westminster Council, supporting their assertion that these parking restriction notices do exist.
There have now been an exchange of 21 letters, and I have never failed to ask to see the evidence of what the Appeal Tribunal and Westminster Council say exists, and I say does not. Namely:- parking restriction notices that forbid parking and validate the parking ticket, and also validate the Appeal decision to uphold the parking ticket.
To their credit, they do reply to my letters, but they have failed at every opportunity to provide the so- called evidence, and how could they?
It is not possible to prove that something does not exist. but you can prove what does exist by taking a picture, for example, but only if it really does exist. Generally speaking, if you can’t point a stick at it, we say it does not exist. There are no valid parking restriction notices in that street, and I invite anybody to go down there and see for themselves.
The Parking Appeal Service seems to be supportive of Westminster Council beyond reason and are so obviously willing to procrastinate to the n’th degree, in order to avoid showing me evidence that they cannot show me because it does not exist.
I have also made a demand to see the evidence under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Appeal Tribunal replied that they were exempt from the Freedom Of Information act.
That’s all right then.