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I seem to recall reading somewhere that there is a time limit for a council to respond to a letter of representations (ie. a disputed ticket) after which the ticket becomes unenforceable. Or is this just wishful thinking?

 

In my case I hand-delivered my letter of representations the parking office on the same day I received the ticket, and was actually told by the clerk to ignore any automated letters until I had received a reply.

 

Needless to say, I received no reply, but received the usual Notice to Owner, Order for Recovery etc.

 

Do I have a case?

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SoundBloke, there is no statutory right of appeal until you get to the NTO stage. However it is normal practice for councils to respond to informal representations. It is also normal practice, where a motorist has responded with informal reps within 14 days (the discount period) for the council to extend the discount period once they have responded.

 

Where London councils have not done so they have been severely criticised by the adjudicator for failing to treat the motorist fairly.

 

As far as time limit is concerned, I think that there is a 56 day timelimit for clamping and removal, otherwise 6 months!

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