A tribunal has over-ruled a £50 parking fine issued by one of Southend Council’s CCTV camera cars. An adjudicator threw out the fine after it was proved a traffic warden could have carried the same check out on foot. It’s a ruling which paves the way for thousands of drivers to argue penalties were incorrectly issued.
A Traffic Penalty Tribunal adjudicator issued the ruling following Roger Hutchinson’s appeal against Southend Council’s £50 penalty. A driver of Southend’s CCTV-equipped car caught Hutchinson parked outside his own house in a disabled bay, without the required blue disabled badge.
Hutchinson claims to have simply been swapping his cars around, not actually parking and by getting out of the car to check, the CCTV driver had proved a traditional traffic warden could have carried out the enforcement.
Hutchinson said: “These cars were brought in to catch people parking dangerously near schools and on double yellow lines, which is fine, but it now just seems like overkill on the council’s part. The cars are intimidating and, in my eyes, an abuse of human rights.”
Southend Council confirmed they would take the case to the British Parking Association. It continues.