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"It's parking mad...."
A MOTORIST who was penalised for parking on non-existent double yellow lines in York has had his fine withdrawn.
Mick Norman, from the Stamford Bridge area, said he parked his car in Hospital Fields Road, off Fulford Road, on a short stretch of road which has no yellow lines.
“This is the space I have parked in for the last three and a half years and, to the best of my knowledge, is a single car parking space,” he said.
He was dismayed when he returned to his car to find he had been issued with a parking ticket and said he told City of York Council he intended to contest the ticket, as there were clearly no lines under his car.
Andrew Laslett, the council’s strategic services manager, told The Press that issuing a Parking Charge Notice (PCN) where double yellow lines were faded but still remained continuous were likely to be upheld at adjudication.
“However, where the lines have completely disappeared, it would not be reasonable for us to enforce a PCN and we therefore withdrew this PCN,” he said.
“A request to renew the lines is being processed and repainting will take place shortly. If there is any doubt about parking restrictions, motorists can contact the council’s customer centre on 01904 551551.”
Mr Norman said he was pleased to have had his fine refunded but said he was concerned that other motorists might also have been wrongly fined for parking there over the past five years.
He said he had heard that a young woman motorist was penalised a few months ago and, although she too contested it, was forced to pay the fine. He had also been told that yellow lines in the road were painted about five years ago, when a car parked at the roadside was blocking the way, and the council never came back to fill in the gap.