A driver who got a parking ticket for pavement parking claims Bexley Council's signs are illegal

News Shopper: Mr Merron stands under the sign he claims is illegal Mr Merron stands under the sign he claims is illegal

AN angry motorist is refusing to pay a Bexley Council parking fine because he claims Bexley is acting illegally.

Andrew Merron, 48, an operations manager for BT also believes hundreds of other people who have already coughed up fines to Bexley, may be entitled to a refund.

Mr Merron, who lives in Shepherd’s Lane, Dartford, received a £50 penalty notice for parking on the pavement in Tyrrell Avenue, Welling, when he and his wife Sandra went to a Halloween party in October last year.

He said: “We got there at about 9pm and checked the parking restrictions to see if we could park.

“The sign on the lamppost indicated we could park with two wheels on the pavement. So I did.”

After taking a cab home from the party, Mr Merron returned to following day to collect his car.

He found he had been given a ticket for parking with one or more wheels on the pavement.

Mr Merron promptly appealed against the ticket, but lost.

Bexley Council told him he could only park on the pavement in Tyrrell Avenue if he was parked in one of the bays marked out on the pavement, and put the fine up to £100.

Furious, Mr Merron checked out street signs on the Department of Transport website as well as the other street signs around Tyrrell Avenue and he is convinced Bexley is displaying the wrong sign.

He says there is a similar, but different sign, which indicates pavement parking within bays.

Bexley has now put the fine up to £150 and says it will take Mr Merron to court if he does not pay.

But he is convinced he is in the right.

Mr Merron said: “I am fuming.

“I only parked on the pavement because the sign said I could. There is nothing to indicate you must park in a bay.”

A Bexley Council spokeswoman said: "The council is satisfied the signs and markings comply with the statutory requirements and that the PCN was issued and served correctly."

She added: "Mr Merron was given the option to lodge an appeal against the council’s decision to uphold the issue of the PCN with the independent adjudication service, however, the statutory period to allow him to do so has now passed and there is no record that he lodged such an appeal.

"There is no additional statutory recourse for further consideration of Mr Merron’s case.

"It is advised that he makes prompt payment of the penalty charge before he incurs further charges."

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8:43am Sat 26 Mar 11

beanie59 says...

I agree with Mr Merron, I parked in the same way when visiting my friend who comes under Bexley Council, she told me to move my car otherwise I would get a ticket as you could only park in bays. Again this was at night and dark, as the bays on the pavement were full I ended up parking in a side road. LB Bexley take heed and check your signs out. Good luck I hope you win.
I agree with Mr Merron, I parked in the same way when visiting my friend who comes under Bexley Council, she told me to move my car otherwise I would get a ticket as you could only park in bays. Again this was at night and dark, as the bays on the pavement were full I ended up parking in a side road. LB Bexley take heed and check your signs out. Good luck I hope you win. beanie59

1:51pm Sat 26 Mar 11

John, Sidcup says...

It is illegal to park on pavements all over London unless there is a marked out bay. I got done for that doing that in Camden, so why does this bloke think he should be treated differently?
It is illegal to park on pavements all over London unless there is a marked out bay. I got done for that doing that in Camden, so why does this bloke think he should be treated differently? John, Sidcup

3:47pm Sat 26 Mar 11

pdball1958 says...

"Why does this bloke think he should be treated differently?"

I guess because there is a sign which indicates that he can park.

I have looked at the signs posted and at the signs available and agree there seems to be some injustice here.

If parking is restricted to marked bays, why don't the council post the correct sign which makes this clear.

Come on Bexley Council, put your hands up and accept you have got it wrong!

Good luck.
"Why does this bloke think he should be treated differently?" I guess because there is a sign which indicates that he can park. I have looked at the signs posted and at the signs available and agree there seems to be some injustice here. If parking is restricted to marked bays, why don't the council post the correct sign which makes this clear. Come on Bexley Council, put your hands up and accept you have got it wrong! Good luck. pdball1958

4:50pm Mon 28 Mar 11

CFAS says...

People are always been ticketed along there we have to drive down there to get to the road we live on and people park everywhere, all over the pavement, on double yellows, on the pavement with half the car in the bay and half not, parking with the boots or bonnets hanging over people's driveways it is a complete nightmare to pass down sometimes especially when people double park where the road is clearly not wide enough in essence to allow parking each side whether your bumped on the pavement or not.

If he thinks he is in the right why has he not taken the matter further in legal terms rather than run to news shopper?
People are always been ticketed along there we have to drive down there to get to the road we live on and people park everywhere, all over the pavement, on double yellows, on the pavement with half the car in the bay and half not, parking with the boots or bonnets hanging over people's driveways it is a complete nightmare to pass down sometimes especially when people double park where the road is clearly not wide enough in essence to allow parking each side whether your bumped on the pavement or not. If he thinks he is in the right why has he not taken the matter further in legal terms rather than run to news shopper? CFAS

3:13pm Tue 29 Mar 11

Citygirl83 says...

I had the same incident happen to me when I was looking after my sister in laws. Because the previous evening I had the car vandalised outside her property I didn't want it to be too far out of sight but there wasn't a bay closer. My partner said to park on the pavement outside the neighbours (not blocking a driveway i would like to add) I was worried I would get a ticket, but he said the fact it was easter sunday I shouldn't have any problem. What do I wake up to the next morning, a ticket, the sign is the same as the one this gentlemen saw, I am not being funny unless you know the area or it is clearly stated you wouldn't know that it was only bays only. Good luck with your fight but I think it is a pointless battle, they don't back down over anything.
I had the same incident happen to me when I was looking after my sister in laws. Because the previous evening I had the car vandalised outside her property I didn't want it to be too far out of sight but there wasn't a bay closer. My partner said to park on the pavement outside the neighbours (not blocking a driveway i would like to add) I was worried I would get a ticket, but he said the fact it was easter sunday I shouldn't have any problem. What do I wake up to the next morning, a ticket, the sign is the same as the one this gentlemen saw, I am not being funny unless you know the area or it is clearly stated you wouldn't know that it was only bays only. Good luck with your fight but I think it is a pointless battle, they don't back down over anything. Citygirl83

10:21am Thu 31 Mar 11

Biscuit says...

John, Sidcup wrote:
It is illegal to park on pavements all over London unless there is a marked out bay. I got done for that doing that in Camden, so why does this bloke think he should be treated differently?
Not true. Loads of streets allow pavement parking and don't have 'marked out bays'. As long as there is a pavement parking sign its legal.
[quote][p][bold]John, Sidcup[/bold] wrote: It is illegal to park on pavements all over London unless there is a marked out bay. I got done for that doing that in Camden, so why does this bloke think he should be treated differently?[/p][/quote]Not true. Loads of streets allow pavement parking and don't have 'marked out bays'. As long as there is a pavement parking sign its legal. Biscuit

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