I've been having a read on the other threads on here but I can't seem to find anything that is similar to my problem. I have 2 parking tickets, one from when I borrowed my mum's car and the other from when I was in my sister's car!!
I have contested both of these tickets but they have replied saying that they cannot cancel the parking tickets.
Both tickets were received in the same place, where I live there is a patch of spare land in a triangle shape which has single yellow lined roads with pavements down 2 of it's sides and a footpath down the other. Everybody parks on here adjacent to each other down the footpath edge.
The reason on both tickets is 'Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours' at the time of issue I searched everywhere for some time plates indicating the 'prescribed hours' and couldn't see any, on the last occasion I asked the attendant who had issued the ticket and she pointed to a sign and said that it's Mon - Sat 08.00 - 18.00. When I looked at this sign it was a blue circle clearway sign with a white box under it with the word 'End' displayed. I am certain that there were no more signs. Since contesting a sign seems to have appeared detailing the restrictions about 6ft further round the pavement from where the other sign is, now I'm convinced it wasn't there before but I am now starting to doubt myself!!
Even so, my argument is - I wasn't even on the road!
Their response is:
"As you enter Manchester City Centre, you will pass a Controlled Zone sign. These signs explain that the rules for single yellow lines apply 8am-6pm Mon-Sat. The streets inside the zone do not have to have signs giving this information (except where other resrictions apply). The way we sign our zones complies with the law.
Where there is a yellow line, the parking rules apply to the pavement or off road area too. So, altough you were parked on the pavement or off the road, you committed the same contravention as a vehicle parked on the road. This also applies to private land where the land in question has been identified as indistinguishable from the highway and as such is subject to the parking restrictions on the highway.
This rule exists because vehicles parked on the pavement or off the road can get in the way of pedestrians, especially blind people or people with prams and can damage verges, kerb stones or underground pipes"
For one I was no where near the pavement so would not have been in anyones way, to get onto this land I went up a dropped kerb so causing no damage and if I was going to damage underground pipes by parking here surely I'd damage them also when the parking restrictions do not apply???
I'm very sorry this is a bit lengthy but I wanted to give all the details, I think the ticket is OK becasue it has "date if notice" in the top right corner and then times "From/To" and "on" with the date.
Does anyone have any suggestions??