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Row over council's yellow lines

Parking ticket
A car cannot be fined for parking if there is no sign listing restrictions

A parking campaigner has said a ruling he won against Westminster Council over poorly-marked parking restrictions sets a major precedent.

The parking fines adjudicator ruled parking restriction signs for single yellow lines in Zone F of the council's territory were not clearly marked.

Fines cannot be issued if the yellow lines are not accompanied by proper signage, the adjudicator said.

The council said this did not mean drivers could park on the yellow lines.

If there aren't the appropriate signs, you can't issue a parking ticket
Barry Segal, Appealnow

The zone runs from north of Oxford Street to south of Marylebone Road, and from west to east runs from Lancaster Terrace to Cleveland Street.

Parking fines appeal lobbyist Barry Segal, the founder of the Appealnow website who appealed the case, told BBC London: "I'm sure thousands and thousands of your viewers have said 'I've got a ticket but I never saw the sign'.

"The point is, they're right, they didn't see the sign.

"If there aren't the appropriate signs, you can't issue a parking ticket."

Westminster Council parking manager Kieran Fitsall said: "The adjudicator's decision I don't believe is the correct one, as I think our single yellow lines are correctly signed.

The council says the adjudicator’s decision was incorrect

"People who come into Westminster, and in particular delivery drivers who make thousands of visits every year... they should know what the rules are."

The adjudicators ruling was made earlier this week and related to an appeal Mr Segal made on behalf of a distribution company.

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