Driver wins parking ticket row after proving councils signs were 6cm too small

A driver has won a parking ticket row after proving the council's parking signs were too small.

Chris Burton, 42, was bemused when finding a parking ticket after dropping his dad at a hospital appointment and started to investigate. After noticing that the sign looked too small, he whipped out his tape measure to investigate, discovering that he was in fact right and the sign was six centimetres short of the 20cm requirement.

A ruling made in the county court said that Chris's parking fine should be 'revoked' after he sent pages of evidence, including his measurements of the sign. Chris who is a TV cameraman from Manchester said: "I want to encourage others to go back to Bury council with old tickets to say they weren’t legal."

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He continued: "UK law says signs have to be 20cm in size, but when I checked the signs that were there, they were only 14cm."

The incident occurred on May 25 this year after he decided to park his car on a nearby road after being unable to find a spot in the hospital car park.

After returning to his Volkswagen Sharan, he found the penalty charge notice (PCN) on his windshield.

He contested it straight away but was immediately knocked back, so decided to lodge further appeals in June, but with no response for months.

Finally, in September he was told by the council that they would be taking the case to the Northampton County Court to recover costs.

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It's also been revealed that Chris has initially argued that the two residents-only parking signs had been covered up by a bush.

Chris came out on top on his day in court after a judgement said: "It is ordered that the order for recovery of unpaid penalty charge be revoked".

Chris said: “I thought it had all gone away after I appealed the second time. I was very annoyed.

“These people are faceless – they don’t answer emails and there's no phone line to get them on, I wasn’t able to contact anyone properly to discuss it

“They took me to court to try and sue me, but the court sided with me."

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A council spokesperson said: “Mr Burton was issued with a PCN for parking without a permit in a residents’ only parking zone near Fairfield Hospital.

“His initial appeal was rejected, and he was informed that he could either pay the PCN or appeal to the independent parking tribunal in Manchester.

“If he did appeal to the adjudicator [tribunal], we have not been informed of the outcome.

“As far as the size of parking signs is concerned – we believe this issue relates to a tiny number of signs located at residents only parking zones, not to parking signs in general across the borough.

"We are satisfied that the overwhelming number of signs across Bury are fully in accordance with national regulations, and any which are not will be rectified.”

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