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Lancashire campaigners to fight parking tickets
3:00pm Sunday 23rd September 2012 in News
PARKING campaigners are battling to achieve a legal victory they say will overturn all Lancashire County Council parking tickets.
Charlie Oakes, chairman of the Hackney Driving Association which represent’s Lancashire taxi drivers, has taken the county council to the High Court.
Mr Oakes, who has joined forces with UK parking campaigner Neil Herron and has been backed by the National Motorists Action Group, said if the courts rule in their favour the council could be forced to write off millions of pounds worth of unenforceable PCNs due to the incorrect wording.
He passed the first stages of the legal battle when High Court Judge Stephen Stewart QC said the case should be given a full hearing.
Mr Oakes, who has headed numerous Blackburn with Darwen taxi driver campaigns regarding license fees, said a long legal battle lays ahead.
He has taken the action after receiving the ticket for parking on double yellow lines in Preston City Centre.
He said: “It’s been a legal minefield but we are going to keep going. The rules are so complicated I’m glad I’ve had so much support.”
The group’s case is that parking tickets issued by the council do not fully inform drivers of their rights. They say LCC are duty bound to include 13 pieces of information on the Parking Charge Notices relating to the 2007 Civil Parking enforment regualtions.
However they claim the county only include 12 on its notices.
They claim the missing piece of information fails to inform the driver they can make an immediate challenge to the council, before a postal notice is sent to the registered keeper.
They say the notices should also tell the driver these early challenges have to be taken into consideration.
The High Court’s ruling that a case should proceed has been issued: “On the basis the challenge cannot be said to be unarguable”.
A spokesman for the National Motorists Action Group said: “We congratulates Charlie Oakes of the Hackney Drivers Association on his determination. A decision by the High Court may be a landmark ruling which will assist motorists across the country.”
The council yesterday said the issue was on-going and could not make further comment.
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