Saturday, 27 June 2015

PATAS - w/c 18 May 15 - Gervase Rd again

Gervase Road & one of its notorious pavement parking bays
Here are the statistics for this short week due to the end of May bank holiday.

There were 4 PCN cancelled which are worth a mention.

The pavement parking bays are badly laid out in Gervase Rd. Scooter based traffic wardens know that and often pop there as they are certain to be able to issue to some poor soul who has parked in the "wrong" place. Your defence is to attack lines and signs as being inadequate and then the council have to prove them and the staff who make up the Evidence Packs will struggle to do so.

The loading bay in High Rd N12 (outside HSBC) was not well enough signed as the sign for it was hidden behind a tree whilst the one for the paybyphone bay was much more visible.

It was uncertain that a car was over 50cm from the edge of the carriageway. Make sure that at least one piece of your car is within that reasonable tolerance.

The notes of the traffic warden were unsatisfactory. You don't normally see them until the Evidence Pack stage (i.e. you have made an Appeal to PATAS) but they are worth taking a look at. If you can't make sense of the abbreviations tell the Adjudicator that at the personal hearing (you should always request a personal hearing and treat the day as a day out in London, have your hearing and then lunch or a visit to the Tate Modern or something like that so that win or lose you have a nice day out).

So in this particular week the number of Appeals stayed high (the parking manager must wonder when they are going to settle down and that will be when PCN are no longer used to fill budget shortfalls) and the success rate was higher than the usual 50%. Well done everyone.

Keep those Appeals coming.

Yours appealingly

Miss Feezance.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

PATAS - w/c 11 May 15 - Error upon error

Here are the statistics for the week showing a surge in Appeals being filed but a large drop in the success rate for those Appeals lodged a month prior.

That week was the worst for the motorist (Barnet cases only) in the whole of 2015 but having sneaked a look at the following week I can report that the motorist got back on top.

Here are the, often classic, reasons why the motorist lost in this week.

-  Paid for the car and then moved it to a different type of bay.
-  Paid by phone for the wrong car.
-  Parked more than 50cm from the edge of the carriageway.
-  Needed the toilet urgently (the council can be kind to you but the adjudicator has to apply the law. Needing the toilet is not usually a medical emergency).
-  Not loading continuously (whilst repairing a boiler).
-  Paid on-line for a different PCN (keep separate files one each one you get).
-  Blue badge not on display.
-  Parked beyond paid for time (10 minutes grace now given).
-  Blue badge clock not properly set.
-  Broke down and car on footway (leave it in the road).
-  On a single yellow line without realising you are in a CPZ.

So there we have it, a week in which the council won more than they lost but I won't be typing that very often and the council have extra workload to deal with which will probably mean more Appeals not being contested in mid-June which makes this a good time to complete your PATAS form.

Yours appealingly

Miss Feezance