Probe into St Albans car parking penalties

PUBLISHED: 12:01 31 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 06 May 2010

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the implications of a traffic penalty tribunal decision which could mean some people in St Albans might have been wrongly penalised. The appeal, which was instituted against St Albans District Council, upheld a contentio

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the implications of a traffic penalty tribunal decision which could mean some people in St Albans might have been wrongly penalised.

The appeal, which was instituted against St Albans District Council, upheld a contention that a penalty charge notice issued in March this year against a vehicle parked in Bowers Way car park, Harpenden, without a pay and display voucher or parking clock was invalid.

The unnamed objector maintained that the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) under which the penalty had been imposed had failed to take account of changes in the Traffic Management Act of 2004 and other related regulations.

Parking campaigner Neil Herron, who lives in Tyne and Wear, has now called on St Albans council's chief executive Daniel Goodwin, to suspend off-street parking enforcement and revenue collection and pay restitution to motorists who have fallen foul of the TRO.

St Albans council's head of legal services, Mike Lovelady, said: "The district council has received a traffic penalty adjudication dated October 23 in relation to an appeal on a particular penalty charge notice which has been deemed to be invalid.

"The district council is considering the decision and whether there are any implications which may arise.

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