Penarth motorist complains over unmarked disabled parking bay after picking up £70 fine
5:01pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Penarth news
A PENARTH motorist has asked the Vale of Glamorgan Council to rescind a parking ticket he picked up on Albert Road, because of a lack of road markings.
Ray Paul of Dinas Road was handed a ticket for £70 by a civil enforcement officer in the town centre after parking in a disabled bay, without a disabled parking permit – only there were no markings on the road to indicate the space was for disabled users only.
Mr Paul said he had been parking in the space, outside toy shop Barnums, for the last thirty years and did not realise it had changed use.
“I never check the signpost,” he said. “If disabled bay markings had been on the road I never would have parked there.
“It’s a naughty one and I dread to think how many other people have been caught out there.”
Mr Paul reported the matter to the local authority and had a call from a member of the highways department who said he was entitled to appeal.
“They told me it’s not a legal disabled bay unless there are road markings,” he added.
A spokesperson for the Vale of Glamorgan Council said: “All traffic regulation orders need to conform to the appropriate regulations. Where an error has been identified or reported, the road marking or sign plate will be corrected, to ensure the restriction is legally enforceable.
“In this particular instance the correct marking will be provided, which will remove any confusion and make it clear that the space is for blue badge holders only.
“Our civil enforcement officers will be advised of the situation and will not issue any further Penalty Charge Notices at this location, prior to the correction being made. If anyone believes they have been unfairly or incorrectly issued with a penalty charge notice at this location, then they should follow the procedure set out on the notice and their appeal will be considered in light of the above information.”