Saturday, 14 June 2014

PATAS - w/c 2 June 14 - Motorists win 2 out of every 3 appeals

I don't see a man at work?
In this week at PATAS there were quite a lot of new Appeals logged, some 1,308 of them. Of those, 94 emanated from Barnet which is 7% and more than the 4% that there ought to be given that Barnet issue 4% of all PCN in London. This might be the product of issuing too many marginal PCN.

Probably due to being busy with software change quite a number of Appeals were not contested by the council so those PCN get cancelled.

Other notable points were

- The Saracens zone cases are still being cancelled 99% of the time.
- Someone got 2 bus lane PCN in 1 minute and another motorist got 3 in 3 minutes. The adjudicator doesn't usually let more than 1 PCN stand as he/she regards it as unfair.
- A sign which was meant to be, possibly, Mon - Fri only had the abbreviation "Mon" on it so the restriction only applies on Mondays. It wasn't a Monday when the PCN was issued so it was cancelled.
- A kerb on the corner of a road had slipped but wasn't deliberately dropped for the purposes of assisting pedestrians to cross the carriageway. That PCN was therefore cancelled but you will, I hope, all try not to park on junctions in the future.

Remember, once you have a Notice to Owner you have nothing to lose by appealing all the way to PATAS. It costs the council £40 and you nothing except a little time. There are lots of restaurants near the hearing centre at the Angel. You could make it into a day out.

Yours appealingly

Miss Feezance

Friday, 13 June 2014

PATAS - w/c 26 May 14

Brampton Grove, NW4
It was a short week due to the Bank Holiday Monday and so only 832 new Appeals were lodged at PATAS. Of those 64 emanated from Barnet which is 8% or, put another way, twice as many as there should be.

There were 26 Appeals allowed, 6 refused and 2 recommended for cancellation. That was 81% of PCN cancelled which is higher than usual.

There were only 4 notable cases.

1. There was no evidence to support the claim that the motorist drove away. there are a lot of these sort of cases. If you didn't see the traffic warden then appeal all the way.

2. NSL, for the council, wrote that they were unable to cancel. This is not good wording. they are able to cancel but they have chosen not to. Please appeal these all the way to the end.

3. In Brampton Grove, which is ironically quite close to Hendon Town Hall, some signage was found to be confusing.

4. In another case the council (NSL) didn't "properly engage" i.e properly consider, the representations. this is a procedural impropriety. Make sure you set out a clear argument and if the council don't tackle it properly then keep appealing to the end.

Keep those appeals coming.

Yours appealingly

Miss Feezance