Thanks to everyone who took part in last week’s seasonal parking restriction activity – it’s been my most popular poll yet!
The sign above is informing motorists that ‘No waiting’ (or parking) is permitted from 8.00am to 6.00pm during the period 1 April – 30 November. Parking on a ‘No waiting’ restriction is only permitted for blue badge holders clearly displaying their blue badge and accompanying clock (for a maximum of 3 hours) or for loading or unloading to take place. Based on this, the correct answers to last week’s poll are as follows:
You could be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) if you parked where this sign appears and were:
- Parking on 20th June from 4.30pm – 8.00pm.
Parking is only permitted before 8.00am and after 6.00pm so the vehicle would be parked illegally between 4.30pm and 6.00pm.
- Parking from 7.00am – 10.00pm on the August Bank Holiday.
Parking is only permitted before 8.00am and after 6.00pm so the vehicle would be parked illegally from 8.00am until 6.00pm. The fact that this is a Bank Holiday makes no difference as parking restrictions still apply on bank and public holidays unless there are signs specifically indicating they do not.
- Parking on 1st April from 9.00am – 12.00pm displaying a valid blue badge but without an accompanying clock.
Although blue badge holders are permitted to park where this type of restriction exists, they can only do so for a maximum of three hours and they must clearly display both their blue badge and an accompanying set clock. Without an accompanying clock, there is no way a Civil Enforcement Officer would know how long the vehicle had been parked and a PCN would be issued.
- Parking on 2nd August from 9.00am – 2.00pm displaying a valid blue badge with an accompanying set clock.
Blue badge holders are permitted to park for a maximum of three hours where this type of restriction exists (providing a valid blue badge is displayed together with an accompanying set clock). In this scenario the car would have been parked for five hours (two hours over the maximum permitted).
You would not receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) if you parked where this sign appears if you were:
- Loading/unloading heavy goods from 8.00 – 8.30am on 21st October.
Loading or unloading is permitted to take place where this type of restriction exists, however a Civil Enforcement Officer must see unloading or loading taking place.
- Parking on 5th September from 9.00am – 11.30am displaying a valid blue badge with an accompanying set clock.
Blue badge holders are permitted to park where this type of restriction exists for a maximum of three hours (in this scenario it was only for two and half) and they must clearly display their blue badge and an accompanying clock which this driver did.
All of the scenarios above are fictional, however if you were to receive a PCN for being parked where a seasonal restriction is in force and you wanted to appeal against it, written appeals can be made to the North Essex Parking Partnership. The particular circumstances of the case and any supporting evidence will be considered and the decision to either uphold and allow the appeal will be made. Further information about the appeal process can be found here.
I hope you’ve all found this really helpful and remember to keep your eyes peeled for seasonal restrictions and what they mean before you park.