In this week at PATAS there were 1,027 new Appeals of which 62 came from parking. As Barnet give out 4% of all PCN they shouldn't really be 6% of Appeals.
57 Barnet cases were considered and 34 PCN, that is 60% were cancelled.
There are seven I want to tell you about, the rest being pretty routine.
1. The motorist had not yet purchased the vehicle which had the PCN. How is it that Barnet Council can't settle a simple ownership question without the matter having to go all the way to PATAS?
2. Some parking right up to, if not slightly over, a dropped kerb was held to be antisocial but not illegal. Please keep back from dropped kerbs so that residents can exit their drives safely.
3. A motorist was given a PCN whilst reading the suspended bay sign. They are allowed time to read it and then park elsewhere. The council did not have an approved suspension sign until August so appeal all earlier PCN.
4. There was poor quality evidence to justify sending out a postal PCN.
5. There were poor quality photos at night. Photos are not obligatory but they do settle a lot of arguments. If there is no other evidence the PCN may well be cancelled.
6. A motorist was told their permit was on its way. These have been taking months. It isn't good enough.
7. Barnet said there wasn't an exemption but their own Traffic Management Order said there was. Oops. Don't take what the council say at face value; check it against the paperwork.
Keep those appeals coming. Motorists are winning more than they lose.