Councils parking ticket woes

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Councils parking ticket woes

dalek1
Havering Council cancelled more than 7,700 parking tickets in the last year

More than 7,700 tickets have been cancelled by Havering Council in the last year.
Were you one of the 28,253 people in the last year that challenged the council on a parking ticket you were given?
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More than 7,700 parking tickets handed out by Havering Council in the last year that were challenged have been cancelled.

Out of the 28,253 challenges and representations that were received in 2017/18, 7,731 penalty charge notices (PCN) were cancelled - which is a cancellation rate of 27 per cent.

The information was revealed at the Havering full council meeting last week, when Councillor Clarence Barrett asked the council for figures.

The council responded to his question and said that reasons for cancellation vary but include instances where the driver submits evidence as part of their appeal demonstrating that they had a valid pay and display ticket or visitor voucher at the time of the offence but it may have slipped from their dashboard and therefore not on display.




Thousands of tickets handed out by the council have been cancelled for numerous reasons. Photo:
It also said that officers do take a common sense approach and will also cancel PCNs and issue warnings where genuine mistakes are shown to be made such as a driver mistyping licence plate details at the machine.

There are also instances where mitigating circumstances - such as medical reasons or a vehicle breaking down - has led to a PCN being cancelled.

The criteria by which officers assess appeals is available on the council’s website.

So how much in admin costs has that swallowed up in our cash strapped borough?
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confused of hornchurch

So seven thousand seven hundred people wrongly ticketed? If they all coughed up the cash promptly and got the 'reduced rate' for prompt payment that would be 7700x60= £462,000?

Or if they had taken a longer option and got stiffed for £130 each they would have coughed up more than twice that figure? No wonder the high streets are in decline, what a money-spinner!

That's before you get to buy your newspaper and packet of polo mints.

Not forgetting that's just the few that bothered to argue, and thousands pay up rather than take the extra stress and inconvenience of contesting the charges. Nothing short of scandalous.
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dalek1
Pretty obvious really they are being issued by chancers with the connivance of the likes of the useless director of neighbourhoods Steve Moore.
You cant tell me he doesn't know whats happening!
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Percy
How is the new regime at Hornchurch Sainsbury doing the 2 hour limit on parking the no return policy etc.
Revolutions are always verbose.
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confused of hornchurch
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I bet they're gutted they had to cancel that many tickets, the parking attendants just chance their arm and they know damn well that a hefty percentage of tickets are wrongfully issued.
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confused of hornchurch
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I don't know, I seldom go into the town centre and if I do I take someone with me and stay in the car with the engine running for a quick getaway whilst they dive in and out of the shop.
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bellend
i hope the car is moving.
If we learn from our mistakes, why aint I a genius, If you educate the masses where's the advantage for the few?

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Phil Wailing
I never pay to park. If there's no free parking then it's Amazon.
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Phil Wailing
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Havering’s civil enforcement officers have a 27% error rate, over 1 in 4 penalty charge notices that they issue are issued in error and that is the tip of the iceberg. How many people are paying these wrongly issued PCN’s because they are frightened of losing the 50% discount.

What other employer would tolerate employees with a failure rate of 27%

Councils from the top to the bottom are rotten to the core and are not fit for purpose. Why have none of these utterly incompetent enforcement officers been disciplined for incompetence, negligence or even gross misconduct?

What are those 54 parasites in the council chamber doing about this shameful disgrace?

From Blake Herbert down they are as bent as 9 bob notes.
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confused of hornchurch

As I've said previously, parking fines should have stayed with the Met, once the responsibility was given over to local councils it became little more than a money-making scam to subsidise the council's budget.

As you say, an error rate of 27% is not acceptable, they're just handing out tickets like confetti and hoping the public are frightened enough to pay up whether they are guilty or not, and that's not only Havering but nationwide.  
 
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Phil Wailing
Yes, local councils have legalised theft, no wonder there is so much crime when the public can see the people employed to enforce the law are actually the biggest criminals.
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confused of hornchurch

Yes, the used to call it "demanding money with menaces" but they reserved that for the man on the street, not the so called authorities.
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Percy
The parking meter people do not have a 25% error rate it is only 25% of those that appeal in total the percentage of wrong tickets is less than 1 % and most people pay without appealing.
Revolutions are always verbose.