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    Parking Wardens and Dishing Out Fines

    Parking TicketWe've all done it before, parked in the wrong place, at the wrong time and in returning to our cars that wonderful yellow slip of a £40 parking fine. It's fair enough, it was our mistake, we knew what we were doing but would only be 5 minutes. However, it seems like these days that is not enough for wardens. This story below will tell you why.According to the Daily Mail this poor man got a parking ticket, for parking on his own land! Dr Richard Daywood parked outside of his place of work in London, on land he owned the rights to, yet repeatedly received parking tickets on his scooter. The reason? His land was not separated from the road by a barrier.Signs on the building stated that ' This forecourt is private property and is not dedicated as a public foot way', so what was the reason for all these tickets? He wrote to the council whom said that it was clearly private land and apologised for the error. However in writing more letters he finally received one that said the penalties would be enforced. The reason? They decided that his own private property was a public foot way whether he owned it or not.He again wrote back asking 'how far they would pursue me on my own land - could they clamp me, or come on to my property to tow my bike away? If I chained myself to the bike, would they take me too?'The reply? Even though the space was privately owned it was part of the public foot way so he must pay the fines.In taking them to court, some tickets were mysteriously cancelled, yet having received more tickets he was denied in challenging them!Eventually he did take them to court and the ruling used the legal definition 'urban road' and went against him. The poor Dr tried to get a judicial review - where a judge review the decision but was turned down, saying 'that I did own the land - or rather, the subsoil marked on my deeds - but the Tarmac surface above was subject to public access. And because there was no physical barrier between the road and the Tarmac strip, parking restrictions did apply.'Apparently even if you own the land and it is signed in your deeds, the council has full rights over it, but doesn't have to maintain or resurface it. Which in Dr Daywood's eyes mean 'that if you have a piece of land and it can be accessed by the public, regardless of whether it is privately owned, the traffic wardens can descend.In effect, any vehicle parked on a private driveway or front garden that abuts the highway and could technically be accessed by the public is now fair game for traffic wardens.'I think it's ridiculous that you can not park on your own land! If you own the rights you should be exempt from a ticket. His reasons are true, you could be fined for parking on your own driveway if you haven't got a barrier.Has something similar happened to you? Let us know your experiences.

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