Just wondered if anyone knew how much notice the council have to give before they suspend a Resident Parking bay. Can't find anything on their website.
I parked in a bay with my valid permit displayed, then went away for a few days. When I came back there was a massive yellow sign saying the bay was suspended (backdated to the first day I'd parked there) - so I ended up with two tickets. Not amused! There was definitely no warning sign up when I parked there.
Any ideas? I've got to either pay it tomorrow or fight it.
There was a case about that in the papers recently! I believe they have to give at least 48 hours, and no way can they put a suspended bay sign up on the day it is being suspended, they have to forwarn people about the suspension of the bay! I suggest you fight it, to many people accept the council is right, but generally speaking they have illegally issued tickets. Did you know they are actually questioning the human rights of charging us to park on what is actually classed as public property! parking laws are not actually in our constitution but are only by laws! Clamping a vehicle is actually considered a form of black mail!
FIGHT IT these foreigners who give out the parking tickets probably dont even know what year it is, let alone when they can issue a ticket!
In response to your original question, (and based on a quick scan of some other LBC websites) most authorities say that they will aim to give 48 hours notice. However, all of them say that they reserve the right to suspend a parking bay on as little as 2 hours notice (some say 24) in the case of an emergency.
The fact that Southwark don't give any such guidance doesn't help in fighting the ticket. However, unless they can show that it was an emergency (and presumably, if your car was still there and wasn't towed, how could it have been ?), you could try pointing to the fact that most other London authorities give at least 48 hours notice. I suspect you may have a better chance of getting them to let you off the first one (i.e. the first day of the suspension) than the subsequent ones.