You have said, and it must be true because it was in the Evening Echo that...
- you always do your "utmost to ensure that we,(Southend Council), gather as much evidence as possible" so that "penalty charge notices are issued correctly and fairly."
- you accept the judgement and precedent of the Independent Parking Appeal Adjudicator who said that a three minute grace period for parking on yellow lines, is not enough.
- You are aware of the Government guideline and that White Van Spy Cams should only be used sparingly where there are known issues of serious abuses, outside schools for example.
- You are also aware of the instruction to White Van Spy Cam personnel that they get off their bums, get out of their vans and check out the circumstances of the alleged offence in case there is a legal activity like unloading taking place, or if a disabled badge is fixed to the car.
Last year at this time I received a ticket where in every respect your private contractor APCOA failed to abide by any of the above criteria. In spite of this Southend Council failed to cancel the ticket, and forced me to take the matter to the independent adjudicator. As you know, at the last moment Southend Council declined to fight the Appeal thus avoiding the necessity to provide me, or the adjudicator, with an explanation or an apology. I am not pleased by this because I was put to a lot of trouble and I received no compensation for my trouble.
One year later I face another ticket, and more or less the same circumstances, the same failure by APCOA to abide by your criteria, all of it. And the same inconvenience to me.
APCOA are a private company issuing parking tickets for profit. You might ask yourself what is in it for them if they get off their bums, do their job properly, or do the "utmost" as you put it?
Here is my written ARGUMENT against the issue of this January’s ticket, and HERE and HERE are in the Evening Echo quoting you representing Southend Council.