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Avoid a parking ticket

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Post by thedupleman » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:04 am

Parking on the Road
There are some areas with no signs and no markings on the street which are perfectly safe to park in. Unfortunately these are usually found in quiet suburban places and are few and far between in busy urban areas. If you do find one, make sure you don’t block anyone’s drive way or restrict their access. Also consider that you must leave enough space on either side of you to allow emergency vehicles to pass should they need to – so if it’s a narrow street consider the space between you and any vehicles parked across the road.
In some places, you might be allowed to park on the street for a specific length of time - i.e. up to one hour during working hours and any length of time during 6.30pm and 6.00am, while in others you won’t be able to park there at all at 24/7. Some will allow parking with special circumstances – for example if you hold a resident parking permit, or a special pass issued by an employer.

Parking Meters
Don’t park up and go to ‘get change’ for the parking meter. This is a really common excuse when Appealing a Parking Ticket, and is unlikely to end up being successful. You need to have change ready, despite the common misconception that there is a magical ’10 minutes grace’ period to get change. There isn’t and you are likely to get a nice big fine instead.


Knowing your Road Markings
Check the road where you are parking for double or single yellow lines and other restrictions, and make sure you know what they are before you leave your car there.

Red Lines
These mean absolutely no stopping at all. It is hazardous to do so, and you mustn’t stop or pull over even just to let someone quickly ‘jump out’ of the car. Usually ‘red routes’ are seen in busy areas of large cities and replace yellow lines.

Double Yellow Lines
If you see double yellow lines on the road - don't park there. They mean that parking is not allowed at any time - at all. You may see a sign that says 'no parking at any time', but since January 2003 there is no legal requirement for that wording to be displayed. In light of this you should err on the cautious side and never park on double yellow lines.

Single Yellow Lines
Parking on single yellow lines is often restricted to certain days and times. Typically, you can't park there during peak working hours but parking during the weekends or in the evenings is allowed.
Whatever the conditions, they should be indicated by a nearby sign. Some areas with single yellow lines will allow certain people to park there at any time, such as disabled motorists holding a blue badge, or people loading or unloading a vehicle.

Clamping
It there is a danger of being clamped, this should be clearly displayed along with any restrictions or warning signs - although sometimes it’s not that obvious as some unscrupulous clamping firms will put the signs where they are not easily visible, so do be vigilant.

Parking in a Car Park
When using a car park, make sure that you only park your vehicle where indicated. Usually this will be in ‘marked bays,’ indicated by the white lines between the spaces. Park in one space, within the lines, not over two or three, and don't park in a disabled or reserved space unless you are entitled to do so and hold the relevant permit.

Paying for Parking
Once you’ve parked up, check whether or not you need to pay for your parking when you return to the car park or if it is a ‘pay and display’. If you need to pay first and display the ticket in your car, make sure the ticket is clearly visible and isn’t likely to fall off the windscreen and out of sight. If it does you could come back to find yourself with a ticket and facing the hassle of going through the appeals process.
Finally, always come back to your car within the time specified and when selecting how long you need, always go for a conservative estimate. It’s far better to overpay by a few pounds than end up with a £40 fine!


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Re: Avoid a parking ticket

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Post by Mr Tuscan » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:58 am

I obey the London rules and park on double yellows and single during my work day, all done legally too.


I still end up wasting around two hours every month challenging incorrectly given parking tickets, I hate it, it goes with the job sadly.

Currently I have two going through appeal.

Out of six tickets in the last five months I have had five withdrawn and one that I had no other option but to concede as my back wheel was caught on camera in a box junction.

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Post by thedupleman » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:21 am

.......if you cause an obstruction you will get done
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Post by Coupe jay » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:28 pm

In pay and display car parks you can take up 2 bays but you have to buy 2 tickets, 1 for each bay

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Post by Mike.Lawre » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:20 pm

hyunky wrote:I've just received a Parking Ticket in the post this morning for staying over 2 hours at the Leigh Delamere Services the night before Castle Combe!

I was a guest at the travelodge there :angry-tappingfoot:
Does that mean i can expect one as well ? :doh: Did they put your reg. no. in the machine in reception :think:
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