£23m of London parking tickets may have been unlawful

A BBC investigation has learned that that almost 350,000 parking fines (totalling £23m) might have been issued unlawfully to London motorists. The investigation will be screen on Inside Out, on BBC1 London at 7.30pm on Monday, and will be viewable on iPlayer afterwards.

It all hinges on a ticket that was issued in a suspended parking bay in Camden, where the council didn’t have authorization for the signage. The sleuths at the Beeb have learned that 14 councils still have no authorisation for the signage. Which is a bit embarrassing.

In a stunning piece of loopholery, it seems that the Department for Transport (DfT) designs road signs for most situations, which authorities must use, but it has never produced a suspended parking bay sign. If no sign is set out by the DfT, the law says councils must ask the transport secretary to authorise their own creations.

The aforementioned 14 councils have no authorisation for their own versions of the signs while others didn’t get authorisation for years.

The councils with no DfT authorisation for their signs are: Greenwich, Southwark, Westminster, Barnet, Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Hillingdon, Kingston-upon-Thames, Merton, Redbridge, Sutton and Waltham Forest.

The following councils received authorisation in 2010 or after: Camden, Islington, Hackney, Lambeth, Harrow, Wandsworth, Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Newham, Hounslow, Lewisham and Haringey.

Essentially, if you’ve received a ticket relating to a suspended parking bay from one of those councils, you could have a strong case for challenging it. Find out more on Inside Out or by consulting the forums at PePiPoo.


  • Wongaporkpies
    Hope Boris Johnson suffers from Saddle Sores then !!!!!!!!!!
  • Kevin
    People shouldn't have been parking in those places though. Yes people can get off these fines due to little reasons but if people didn't park where they shouldn't and for too long they wouldn't be getting tickets would they. If they'd got authorisation they'd all be valid.
  • Michael
    But the point is that without a standaridisation of signs, it makes it difficult for drivers to know where they should and shouldn't park. That's why we have standardised signs - so that people know where the aiport is, the way to the train station and what parking restrictions are in place. Without that, the signs may as well be written by a local art student dicking about with some traffic cones - and they would carry just as much legal weight. Call me old fashioned, but I believe that people who are being paid a not inconsiderable amount of public money should be doing their jobs - and that includes ensuring that what they do is legal.
  • Tony
    Ha ha ha ha ha Couldn't happen to bigger bunch of arseholes

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