Monday, 9 November 2015

Final PATAS report - July 2015

Miss Feezance has been resting whilst the tribunal moved, changed its name and its software. The dust now seems to be settling although the register for November's decisions are missing for some unknown reason.

The tribunal's new home near Chancery Lane tube
It is not now possible to tell you how many new Appeals are registered by local authority each week or month. You will have to curb your excitement and get those statistics in the annual report of the chief adjudicator.

What I can tell you is that 82 Appeals were heard in July 15 and the council and the motorist both won 41 of them so it was honours even which is the usual state of affairs.

There were a mere four which are worth mentioning:

Two bus lane PCN were issued at 18:36 which was enough for them both to be cancelled as neither could be relied upon. It disclosed an unacceptable level of greed on the part of Barnet Council.

A Solicitor collecting a work laptop gained the benefit of the loading exemption. This would not have been the case if he had been collecting his personal laptop.

The back of the PCN was put into the evidence pack twice and the front not at all which meant that the council tripped over their shoelaces as the entire evidence is based upon a PCN having been issued of which there was no proof.

My final case of note which clearly was a narrow escape for the motorist. It is not usually a good idea to park across two types of marking or restriction as you can expose yourself to three contraventions at one and the same time.

Keep those Appeals coming. The local authority seem to be doing better and the trend seems to be downwards in numbers of Appeals which given how low they already are is a worrying trend.

Yours appealingly

Miss Feezance

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