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Bournemouth council's parking fine policy blasted by solicitor
A SOLICITOR who won an eight-month battle with Bournemouth council over a parking fine has blasted its ‘high-handed and oppressive’ approach.
Peter Dymock, a solicitor based in Portsmouth, was issued with a £50 fine after the ticket he had bought slipped down the dashboard of his car, which was parked in Manor Road.
He explained the situation to Bournemouth council and sent a copy of his £2 pay and display ticket, expecting the fine to be written off.
But he said he was then ‘pursued relentlessly’ by the council for the £50 penalty charge, resulting in the case ending up at a Traffic Penalty Tribunal in Manchester.
There, the adjudicator found in Mr Dymock’s favour and found fault with the council’s case in several respects, including the fact it did not produce the traffic regulation it relied upon.
The decision coincides with the council’s decision to temporarily suspend enforcement of parking restrictions in all areas covered by parking meters , after a judgement claiming Traffic Regulation Orders may be wrongly worded.
Mr Dymock said: “What really annoys me is that the council pursued this at the local taxpayers’ expense when clearly this was totally over the top. They already had my £2.
“Several times I wondered whether I might just pay the £50 and stop fighting but not only is £50 a lot of money, it was unfair and it was the principle of the situation. How many people would just cough up and be done with it?
“It would not be nearly so irritating save that on a cold January morning, there were hardly any cars parked in Manor Road.
“I rang the council parking manager Gary Powell to challenge him and all he could tell me is that it is council policy to pursue these cases.”
Mr Powell, the parking and traffic manager, said: “Penalty charge notices are issued in good faith where there appears to have been a breach of the parking restrictions.
“A robust appeals process is in place to protect both the council and the motorist and we would encourage anyone who believes they have been wrongly issued with a PCN to use this process, as Mr Dymock did.”