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Southwark Council reveals some of the more colourful excuses for not paying a parking fine

Published Wednesday, 07 April 2010

Drivers who've appealed their parking tickets in Southwark seem to have better imagination than most, judging by the colourful excuses they've used.

Listed below are the most unusual reasons drivers have given to the council's appeals team over the last two years."It was raining. I thought I could park anywhere if the weather was bad."

 "I'm colour blind, so I thought the yellow line was green".

 "I saw a UFO as I was driving, and I was so shocked that I accidentally drove into a bus lane."

 "I don't know what the yellow lines mean."

 "I had to pick up and take an injured dog to the vet and did not want the animal to endure any unnecessary extra pain by limping further to the car"

 "I was only sleeping in the back of the car. The Civil Enforcement Officer (parking attendant) could have asked me to move the car instead of giving me a ticket, although he would not have seen me as I had a blanket over my head."

The excuses have been unearthed as Southwark Council lets residents know about its new parking appeals website, which will make the act of challenging a parking ticket much easier for drivers, while managing the system becomes more efficient for the council.

As of this week drivers will be able to do the following:

  • before making the appeal, they'll be able to see the evidence against them, including photographs, within 72 hours of the contravention happening
  • the appeal is then made online, and logged directly into the parking back office, so there is no need to post the appeal in
  • the website also speeds up appeals, since the appeal is seen straightaway by the council. The appeals team no longer has to scan documents rather it can work on the appeal immediately it arrives
  • as well as the new appeals website, Southwark residents can now renew and pay for on-street residential parking permits via a secure online payment service.

Gill Davies, director of environment and housing at Southwark Council, said: "The imagination of some of these drivers is quite impressive, but UFOs and colour blindness unfortunately do not count as legitimate reasons to overturn a ticket.

"Our new appeals website will give drivers a much improved service, being both quicker and easier to use, and hopefully, it will make dreaming up excuses like this a thing of the past."

Further information

For Southwark Council's new appeals website and for more information visit Southwark Council's parking service.

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