This week's PATAS score was 15-3 to the motorist whereas in a typical week it would be 9 all. Thus the council lost 6 more cases than one would expect.
Monday started with a case being allowed by Order of the Adjudicator which simply means that Barnet Council / NSL failed to submit the necessary paperwork.
An appeal was allowed because the Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) or parking ticket was dated 5 June 12 but supposedly served on 25 March 2012. Is this a new One Barnet efficiency saving; why not send every resident a parking ticket for the year ahead with their council tax demand?
In another case the council didn't submit a copy of the PCN or any photographs but because the applicant (the motorist) didn't show Barnet Council / NSL were believed. The opposite could have been the case if the applicant had turned up.
On Tuesday 11th the council threw in the towel that very morning according to PATAS, which suggests a complete lack of planning and organisation on the part of Barnet Council / NSL.
On Wednesday 12th there were four appeals which were allowed by Order of the Adjudicator. Four happy motorists, four more examples of incompetence.
The fifth case that day is as disgusting heartless as only a local authority can be. It concerned a passenger with cerebral palsy. a dropped kerb and a single yellow line. No quarter was given by Barnet Council but with their usual, or NSL's, usual level of competence on display the Notice of Rejection quoted the wrong legislation so that = procedural impropriety. The adjudicator took a commonsense view and allowed the appeal as the lines/signs were confusing and misleading.
On Thursday 13th four appeals were allowed. Three of them were by Order of the Adjudicator. The other one related to parking in a suspended bay but the evidence was uncertain so the motorist got the benefit of the doubt.
On Friday 14th there were 3 appeals allowed by Order of the Adjudicator including one case which had been adjourned so that the council / NSL could provide their evidence which they patently failed to do.
On Saturday 15th two tickets were upheld. One where the ticket was not affixed to the car and went missing. It was for parking on a yellow line on Good Friday. Another case, that of Mr McArdle, not John as it happens, confused a Bus & Lorry restricted hours sign with the parking hours. Unlucky, as other adjudicators have cancelled tickets for such confusion
Carry on appealing