Up to £23m of issued parking fines potentially ‘unlawful’

Around 350,000 parking fines have potentially been given out unlawfully to motorists in and around the Greater London area, totalling up to £23m. The majority of these fines were given out on the basis that motorists were parking in ‘suspended parking bays’ which are marked by make shift signs that the local councils distribute as and when they need them. However, The Department for Transport has stated that the law says councils must ask the transport secretary to authorise their own creations, and that the DfT have had no involvement in creating the signage for the councils that have been involved with the associated fines. A claim made in 2010 for a ticket issued in a suspended parking bay was ruled unlawful because Camden Council did not have authorisation for its signage. It is believed that 16 councils currently using the signage in the Greater London area still have no authorisation for these signs. On average 1,500 parking bays a month are suspended by a typical London council, in order for building works to take place. Mr Davies, a motoring solicitor, has warned motorists that they might find it hard to claim their money back – as there is a time limit of 28 days to make an appeal. However, he also stated  that “there’s a strong morale argument for councils to refund peoples monies”. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article. Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with dispute resolution solicitors in London and across the country.