Parking battles

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I WRITE with regards to the obtuse attitude shown towards Worthing residents, visitors and Christmas shoppers by both Worthing Borough Council and its parking enforcement agents.

Several friends have thus far received parking tickets during the course of the Christmas shopping period and this is adding to the burden and financial strain felt by most at this time of year, especially this year when the effects of a weak economy, falling wages, combined with rising costs, are beginning to bite harder than ever before.

In the past, I have successfully appealed several tickets issued within Worthing, mostly on the grounds that both signs and road markings were not permitted variants of those allowed under the terms of Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002.

I have made Worthing Borough Council fully aware of where the bays or signs may be and the reasons why they fail to comply with regulations.

However, despite my successful appeals, Worthing Borough Council fails to change either the signs, road markings or both.

To this end, I can only assume that they have a flagrant disregard for either Worthing resident, or visitors, whom the local economy rely on more than ever at this most difficult of times.

That the council has a rather obtuse nature and relies on the motorist just paying up, rather than using the 14 days grace in which they have to both investigate the circumstances of the ticket and to lodge an appeal.

I would, therefore, urge every reader who receives a ticket to fully investigate both its legality and wording, along with the road signs and markings.

Check that the make/model/registration details and tax disc number are correctly detailed on the ticket and check it is titled as a Penalty Charge Notice if issued at the road side and that it correctly states at least one current legislation.

Remember also that tickets issued at the road side are indeed issued against the vehicle, unlike tickets issued on private land, such as NCP car parks, which are issued against the driver.

Once again, I urge every reader to fully use the 14-day period to investigate the circumstances of the PCN and to mount an appeal, and send any appeal by recorded/special delivery so you can prove it was received in the time limit.

Simon Studd

Coleridge Close