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Are there organisations that help with dodgey parking charges/clamps/towed away?

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I had the delight of having my vehicle towed today for allegedly illegally parking (one wheel on a kerb as the road was too narrow to park flush to the kerb - as did every other car in the road - I t… Read More
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8y, 2w agoPosted 8 years, 2 weeks ago
I had the delight of having my vehicle towed today for allegedly illegally parking (one wheel on a kerb as the road was too narrow to park flush to the kerb - as did every other car in the road - I think mine was towed as it was the smallest) down what we do not even think is a proper road (more like a track). As I was left in an area I did not know with 2 babies and no car (I thought it had been stolen at first as the car was just "missing" when I returned to it) I had no choice but to pay the £250 fee and get my car back (not bad for 50 min work by the council) . Am I right in thinking there are websites/organisations which will help advise how to appeal this - we really don't have this money and it means we have gone overdrawn.Thanks
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8y, 2w agoPosted 8 years, 2 weeks ago
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[Moderator]#1
Was it the council that towed your car? or was it a private firm?
#2
I am sure that this sort of thing was on Watchdog a few months back. Not sure if they have any advice about it...
#3
Russ2626
I am sure that this sort of thing was on Watchdog a few months back. Not sure if they have any advice about it...


From their website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/watchdog/2009/02/citywatch_clamping.html
#4
council - bless 'em.

seriously my car was towed and the other 4 parked the same were not even ticketed - not that that is a defence but it is very annoying .
#5
It was. You need to go back and look for signs... are they obvious? If not, then you will probably have a claim against them if it goes to a court, as you cannot enter into a contract you dont know exists... although, as it is the council and not a private company, not sure if it would work, particularly as it was illegal parking.
#6
mine was worse then clamping - I got towed from a children's party
#7
spic
It was. You need to go back and look for signs... are they obvious? If not, then you will probably have a claim against them if it goes to a court, as you cannot enter into a contract you dont know exists... although, as it is the council and not a private company, not sure if it would work, particularly as it was illegal parking.


???? There were no signs about parking on road - or streetlights or even a road name. I have been by the pound that in our borough you can't park on a kerb anywhere for any reason and it is automatic penalty and charge - does that sound right then?
[Moderator]#8
fairy;5176816
???? There were no signs about parking on road - or streetlights or even a road name. I have been by the pound that in our borough you can't park on a kerb anywhere for any reason and it is automatic penalty and charge - does that sound right then?

it is a towable offence to park on the kerb, if your on the road its fine, but parking with wheels on the pavement is bad :whistling:
#9
If the road has no name it cannot be towed or ticketed what was the name of the road on the ticket ?? Fight it
#10
bigflump
it is a towable offence to park on the kerb :whistling:


not saying it isn't ( I don't know). But how do they tow 1 out of 5 and ignore the others as surely there are some cases where you have to park on kerb or get your car pranged from passing cars
#11
waterloo
If the road has no name it cannot be towed or ticketed what was the name of the road on the ticket ?? Fight it


there was no street sign on the road. They have ticketed it on the name of a connecting road so will look into this. Not quite sure how to legally be sure what the name of a road is.
[Moderator]#12
fairy;5176865
not saying it isn't ( I don't know). But how do they tow 1 out of 5 and ignore the others as surely there are some cases where you have to park on kerb or get your car pranged from passing cars

I guess its pot luck which one they tow. and like you said they probably chose yours becuase it was small :?
#13
fairy
not saying it isn't ( I don't know). But how do they tow 1 out of 5 and ignore the others as surely there are some cases where you have to park on kerb or get your car pranged from passing cars


You shouldn't park on the curb at all, it's for pedestrians, and it is illegal. What about blind people? wheelchair users? Buggy's? However I would have thought it was just a ticket that would be issued. Sounds odd to me. I hope you get sorted. I would have been mega upset.
#14
bellabonkers
You shouldn't park on the kerb at all, it's for pedestrians, and it is illegal. What about blind people? wheelchair users? Buggy's? However I would have thought it was just a ticket that would be issued. Sounds odd to me. I hope you get sorted. I would have been mega upset.


this was a track connected to a field - there are no pedestrians other then the cars - it is just an area to park cars near to a scout hut! It is not what a normal person would deem a road I am sure - I would n't have parked like it otherwise.
#15
fairy
this was a track connected to a field - there are no pedestrians other then the cars - it is just an area to park cars near to a scout hut! It is not what a normal person would deem a road I am sure - I would n't have parked like it otherwise.


Can you not take photos and appeal? if it isn't a proper road then I don't see how they can do this. I would have also thought there should be signs up if it is a clamping/towing area. Do they have a licence to do it in that area? I know a licence is needed for clamping, I don't know how it stands with towing.
#16
lets get this straight you parked with 1 wheel on a kerb that isnt wide enough to park both wheels flush? how come the other wheel isnt on? also if there is a kerb how can it be a track? think youre clutching straws with this 1.....how about just admiting the truth and paying the relevant fines as you are in the wrong and got caught
[Moderator]#17
fairy;5176942
this was a track connected to a field - there are no pedestrians other then the cars - it is just an area to park cars near to a scout hut! It is not what a normal person would deem a road I am sure - I would n't have parked like it otherwise.

But you said you parked with one wheel on the kerb, so was there a pavement, and were you parked on it?
#18
fairy
there was no street sign on the road. They have ticketed it on the name of a connecting road so will look into this. Not quite sure how to legally be sure what the name of a road is.

I believe this was a illegal ticket by the council fight it if you look into it more you will be surprised what you can find out about the parking laws i paid £5 to join one site and it got me off tickets and will forever and i get a lot in central London. The street must have a name take pictures they cannot put down the opposite street its illegal trust me go all the way your be surprised how many time the councils offer no evidence at the parking appeal tribunal.
#19
You've done the right thing and paid the fine first. You can now fight to get your initial funds back without any more penalties being incurred for non-payment. Go back and get some photo's of the surrounding area and the lack of any signs and parking information.

There are companies you can contact like http://appealnow.com/ who will fight your case for you, worth a little read of their website for further information.

Hope you get it sorted, it's not right leaving you stranded with kids.
#20
Hi - I've recently been through two similar parking appeals - one private one council - and through perseverance and sensible reasonable and proportionate argument I was fortunate to have both demands revoked. Without knowing more about the specificity of the circumstances it is difficult to properly advise you - however if it was the Council who managed/administered the offence - then go back to them and speak to them direct about this matter. Present the detail you have stated about your car being the only car that was towed - and find out exactly what it was that caused them to take the action they did? I.e. were the other cars improperly parked? Stats show that people who appeal parking tickets do quite well. Check the paper work carefully and look for their mistakes - this can help in negotiating matters. I found the Council to be quite reasonable people. Good luck
#21
casparwhite
lets get this straight you parked with 1 wheel on a kerb that isnt wide enough to park both wheels flush? how come the other wheel isnt on? also if there is a kerb how can it be a track? think youre clutching straws with this 1.....how about just admiting the truth and paying the relevant fines as you are in the wrong and got caught


There is a pavement on one side - the other side has nothing - it is sided by the walls of the side on houses - that is it -if you don't park on the kerb you may well get pranged by any passing vehicle. 2 cars could not fit passing each other on this road if one was not on the kerb. I know it is difficult to explain but it is a very odd road.
#22
waterloo
I believe this was a illegal ticket by the council fight it if you look into it more you will be surprised what you can find out about the parking laws i paid £5 to join one site and it got me off tickets and will forever and i get a lot in central London. The street must have a name take pictures they cannot put down the opposite street its illegal trust me go all the way your be surprised how many time the councils offer no evidence at the parking appeal tribunal.


Please can you post or PM the site for me to join - I know there are a lot of penalty notices that get issues by councils/companies in the hope they are not appealed and I woudl like to read how to fight these. Thanks
#23
fairy
There is a pavement on one side - the other side has nothing - it is sided by the walls of the side on houses - that is it -if you don't park on the kerb you may well get pranged by any passing vehicle. 2 cars could not fit passing each other on this road if one was not on the kerb. I know it is difficult to explain but it is a very odd road.
Whats the name of the road postcode/town i will google map it.
#24
waterloo
Whats the name of the road postcode/town i will google map it.


will pm you it
#25
fairy
will pm you it


just tried to do this myself - worked out that I don't quite know how to work google earth!
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fairy
Please can you post or PM the site for me to join - I know there are a lot of penalty notices that get issues by councils/companies in the hope they are not appealed and I woudl like to read how to fight these. Thanks

Here you go [url]www.parkingappeals.co.uk[/url] Have a read up first,
#27
waterloo
Here you go [url]www.parkingappeals.co.uk[/url] Have a read up first,


lovely thanks - have just pmed you with address
#28
Jumpingphil
Can you put the name and post code on here so that we can all see what you are talking about.
May be able to help you better.


will pm you
#29
i had the police out to my house about parking on a kerb and it is not illegal unless someone cant get by your car with say a pram (basically causing someone to go on the road to get round your car)

:thumbsup:
#30
fairy
lovely thanks - have just pmed you with address
finding it hard to find it with what gave me maybe put it up on here it ok to do this somebody will post it up so we can help you.

Broonie_11
i had the police out to my house about parking on a kerb and it is not illegal unless someone cant get by your car with say a pram (basically causing someone to go on the road to get round your car)

:thumbsup:
Its not a police matter it a civil matter.
#31
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_069860

it's long but a couple of links at the bottom may be of some use?
#32
http://newparkinglaws.co.uk/category/Curbs--Pavements.aspx

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/tpm/tmaportal/tmafeatures/tmapart6/secparkingfactsheets/parkingonpavements

Its a police matter if it's causing an obstruction....but apparently according to the above links, its only ticket able if signs are up or its in certain areas? (London, Peterborough etc...)
#33
http://forums.pepipoo.com/index.php?showforum=30

Found this site very helpful when I got a parking ticket in a Tesco car park. They are very helpful and know all the legalities, they gave me loads of advice and ended up not having to pay.

They also give advice to people who have been towed or clamped.

Hope it helps
#35
They certainly can't tow every car with a wheel or 2 on the kerb, 1 or 2 will get towed....

The thing is here, if there is no room to park next to the kerb for the fear of getting your car whacked, why park at this bad area at all ?

I'm sure parking on the kerb/pavement by a few inches is not going to save your car / wing mirror from being hit !

Maybe a little unfortunate, but i'd say not a suitable area for parking.... I know you say others park there but that does not mean it is safe etc...

Best of luck with getting your cash back, but I cant see them giving in.... Especially when the car was parked off the road, Even although people dont walk at this bit, it was still a kerb....

The greedy fockers should be banned from towing anyway, but thats another case....

maxmix
#36


think it is! Odd though as this one shows a pavement on the right and my friend that googled it said that there was no pavement on the right - you could n't see when we were there as cars parked. I don't know if you can see from photo but if you park flat to the kerb ( which there is nothing stopping you doing both sides) then cars cannot pass and the entire road blocked which is what happened once my car towed and another car parked flush to kerb - there wer 10 cars parked and everyone boxed in!
#37
Jumpingphil
If that is the road, then it is strange 'cos on Google Earth, it looks like it used to go right across the fields and join onto a road on the other side.
Perhaps access is needed for fire engines and ambulances and the like but there is no obvious parking restrictions.
Looks safe to park there to me.
What does the person you were visiting say about it?


there are no parking restrictions on road at all -no signs, no road sign, no street lights
#38
the2ocan
http://newparkinglaws.co.uk/category/Curbs--Pavements.aspx

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/tpm/tmaportal/tmafeatures/tmapart6/secparkingfactsheets/parkingonpavements

Its a police matter if it's causing an obstruction....but apparently according to the above links, its only ticket able if signs are up or its in certain areas? (London, Peterborough etc...)



it is london unfortunately
#39
parked on the kerb and towed usually means you have been reported for obstruction imo, thst a pretty narrow pavement to begin with, suppose a lady wanted to get down there with a double buggy and she couldnt so she reported your car. Doubt you can get out of this.
#40
kungfu
parked on the kerb and towed usually means you have been reported for obstruction imo, thst a pretty narrow pavement to begin with, suppose a lady wanted to get down there with a double buggy and she couldnt so she reported your car. Doubt you can get out of this.


this road is in the midde of nowhere - no one reported me. You could probably just get a buggy down the pavement maybe not a double one. It was a pound vehicle doing the rounds. I have been ticketed for "parked with one or more wheels on or over a footpath or any part of a road other than a carriageway" not for causng a obstruction.

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