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Wonko The Sane
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PostPosted: 15:25 - 08 Nov 2018    Post subject: Parking ticket, contest or not? Reply with quote

My wife has just text saying she's got a parking ticket at a hospital car park.
She's a community nurse so while she works for the NHS I don't know if this is staff parking or public parking - it's a bit of a free-for all parking wise but you have to pay for a ticket (which she has done)

The ticket apparently (I've not seen it yet) doesn't state a reason for issue.

She's spoken to a colleague who's given her a number to call for a contact at the hospital / parking company (presuming it's private) who's said the issue is that she was blocking some stairs.

https://image.ibb.co/gk5FDV/IMG-0701.jpg

As you can see there are no markings to show that you shouldn't be parked there, there isn't a dropped kerb, the stairs go down to a shed.
You'd possibly not even see the steps if you were parking the other way round.

I'll get more details including exact wording / company that's issued the ticket later but would be interested in people's opinions on if they can ticket or not.
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PostPosted: 15:29 - 08 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

It can't be in a marked bay which might be reason enough for a ticket
There is good reason not to block pathways which might be escape routes and think of blind/elderly etc
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PostPosted: 15:39 - 08 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Contest it. She has nothing to lose.

My cars better than yours btw.
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PostPosted: 15:45 - 08 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

doggone wrote:
There is good reason not to block pathways which might be escape routes and think of blind/elderly etc

Agreed, common sense etc, but there's no law about it and even on private land, there'd at least have to be a nearby sign about it (OP, is there anything?)

Contest.
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PostPosted: 15:50 - 08 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

doggone wrote:
It can't be in a marked bay which might be reason enough for a ticket
There is good reason not to block pathways which might be escape routes and think of blind/elderly etc


Completely understand that blocking pathways etc shouldn't be done, these stairs are essentially an access to a maintenance shed, not an escape route.

In other parts of the hospital grounds the bays aren't actually marked and parking on access roads etc is fair game where there are no yellow lines so I doubt it's that she's not in a bay.

Doesn't appear to be any signage

KITT wrote:
Contest it. She has nothing to lose.

My cars better than yours btw.


indeed, I don't own a car.
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PostPosted: 16:08 - 08 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get onto Pepipoo, currently appealing a ticket myself Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: 16:34 - 08 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've posted the same on pepipoo but it appears to be a slower forum so no replies as yet.

If the general thought is "you could try, but it's likely they'll tell you to cough up" then might as well pay the reduced rate rather than risk forgetting to do it until the deadline passes.
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PostPosted: 16:41 - 08 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait for replies on pepipoo before paying up.
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PostPosted: 16:42 - 08 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much is it? 100 > 60 down here is still a rip'.
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PostPosted: 18:15 - 08 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonko The Sane wrote:
Completely understand that blocking pathways etc shouldn't be done, these stairs are essentially an access to a maintenance shed, not an escape route.

Absolutely, if it was "important", there'd be signage, hand rails on the steps, yellow cross-hatching on the road, all sorts. IMHO it's taking the piss to give a ticket for this. If there's no signage anywhere around specifying that you can't park across those steps, I wouldn't even think about paying it.
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PostPosted: 20:47 - 08 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a similar problem at a place I used to work.

A parking enforcement company approached the company and said they would manage the parking in the company car park for free. We were in a big industrial estate with Auto Trader and a couple of other big businesses. The auto trader people were always parking in our car park. The board of directors approved this company coming in.

Big mistake. They ticketed anyone and everyone. If your permit was partially hidden, you get a ticket. If you had one wheel touching the line, you were ticketed. If you parked blocking in other people (which is OK as we knew who had which car and we did it all the time up until the parking enforcement started) you were ticketed. The fine was 80 and there was no appeal. Once they started, the contract was ongoing and couldn't be cancelled.

If this hospital has done the same, you're probably in the doo-doo because there is literally nothing you can do about it. You can't even appeal on the basis that you work there, because these bloodsuckers don't care.
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PostPosted: 21:06 - 08 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

MarJay wrote:

If this hospital has done the same, you're probably in the doo-doo because there is literally nothing you can do about it. You can't even appeal on the basis that you work there, because these bloodsuckers don't care.


we don't work there, was attending a meeting there.

the printed reason on the ticket is "causing an obstruction" which is a very nice vague catch-all really isn't it?
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PostPosted: 21:08 - 08 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonko The Sane wrote:
the printed reason on the ticket is "causing an obstruction" which is a very nice vague catch-all really isn't it?

Pepipoo. Wink
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PostPosted: 21:19 - 08 Nov 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

MarJay wrote:
If this hospital has done the same, you're probably in the doo-doo because there is literally nothing you can do about it. You can't even appeal on the basis that you work there, because these bloodsuckers don't care.

Oh, always worth a go. I once accidentally parked in a poorly marked hospital staff carpark, and wrote in (politely) to the parking vultures with very little hope - however they actually waived it.

Also, OP, have a shufti at these:
https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/reclaim/private-parking-tickets/
https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/reclaim/parking-ticket-appeals/
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