Blue badge holder furious after being fined for curb markings that ‘were not clear’

A man has shared his outrage after being fined £70 for parking on a road where he says road markings indicating a parking restriction are “virtually non-existent”. Chris Wiles and his wife from Penzance received the fine after parking on Meneage Street in Helston.

Mr Wiles explained that because his wife holds a blue badge, they parked in a single yellow line along the street but saw no other markings indicating there was a parking restriction in place. When they park on a single yellow line, it usually happens that the blue badge allows them to park there for up to three hours. So the couple figured it would be safe to park for the roughly 15 minutes it would take them to attend. a meeting nearby.

However, when they returned to their vehicle, they found a penalty notice on their windscreen, stating that they had to pay a £70 fine because they had parked in an area with a speed restriction. loading or unloading. Loading restrictions, which prohibit loading or unloading, are indicated by yellow lines on the sidewalk or at the edge of the road.

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Single border marks will have a sign in the area to show the hours of the restriction. Double curbs mean there is no loading or unloading at any time. The load restriction can be in place with or without a panel.

Mr Wiles has since appealed his £70 fine, which would be reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days, arguing the marking of a loading restriction was unclear. He told CornwallLive he thought the fine should be overturned and was furious he received it in the first place.

“We had no problem parking there because we figured it out, it was a perfectly legal place to park,” he explained. “Don’t get me wrong, we learned a lesson to be a bit more observant, but I decided to challenge it on the grounds that the road markings had rubbed off and were virtually non-existent, so we couldn’t see that. there was a loading restriction in place.

“I am also upset that the fine was imposed on a blue badge holder in the first place, particularly because it was an innocent mistake. It worries me that this could happen to someone. ‘one else because the road markings are not clear. and some people with a blue badge might get benefits and not have much money to pay the fine.’

The faded border marking which Mr Wiles said ‘wasn’t very clear’ to indicate there was a loading restriction in place

According to a Cornwall Council Civil Parking Enforcement Procedures document: “Where it is claimed that one or more yellow lines or curb markings for loading restrictions have worn out or been covered by repair road, the area should be immediately inspected and repair work undertaken. If the request is confirmed to be valid, the PCN should be cancelled.

“The claim will be considered valid if the motorist could not establish whether the restriction under consideration was in force. Where the lines are clearly visible, even if they may be partially worn, the PCN will be applied but corrective action to renew the lines must be undertaken.”

However, Mr Wiles shared that in a letter he received rejecting his appeal, the council acknowledged the pavement marking may have been faded but “not so much that it wasn’t obvious”. He further stated that there is a “vertical sign which is adjacent to his vehicle and indicates by the direction of the arrow the start of the no-loading restriction”.

The parking sign on Meneage Street
The parking sign on Meneage Street

When approached for a comment regarding Mr Wiles’ fine, a Cornwall Council spokesman said: ‘There is a rigorous dispute and appeal process for anyone who thinks they have been wrongly given a notice of penalty, with the possibility of the appeal being heard by an independent tribunal service if necessary.”

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