Driver claims parking signs in Harlesden duped motorists
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A feud has broken out between a driver and Brent Council over whether a parking bay is for residents only or for paying motorists.
Miguel Fernandes Da Silva, who lives in Melville Avenue, Stonebridge, was given a parking ticket for parking in a bay he believed had always been for pay and display.
But the council said he had parked in a residents-only bay in Rucklidge Avenue, Harlesden.
Mr Da Silva claims in the last 15 years he has paid to park in the same bay with no problem.
To confuse matters, a council photograph does indeed show a “residents only” sign next to the bay with his car parked in it – but the day after receiving his ticket, Mr Da Silva returned to the bay and found the council had added a “pay-and-display” sign, which is pictured above.
He claims this proves the bay should be properly marked as “pay-and-display” and says the original sign must have recently fallen off or got lost.
He said: “I’ve been parking here for years and didn’t realise the pay and display sign was missing until I was given a ticket.
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“The council gave tickets to every single car in that bay.
“I emailed the council to dispute the penalty and the next day when I returned the pay and-display sign was back on the pole.
“It’s a bit strange that after my complaint the sign was back up.”
The 51-year-old property manager decided to pay the £55 ticket to avoid it being increased to £110 after 14 days.
Barrie Segal is a parking ticket campaigner and the author of Barrie Segal’s Quick Guide To Fight Your Parking Ticket.
He has helped thousands of motorists overturn parking tickets.
After looking at the two photographs, he told the Times: “There’s something fishy going on.“They can’t change it from a permit bay to a dual bay over-night. There has to be a traffic order allowing that.
“I’m almost 100 per cent convinced it was a dual bay before Mr Da Silva got the ticket.”
But Brent Council declined to comment on the fact the sign had reappeared the next day, saying only the photograph they had taken on the day justified issuing the ticket.
A spokeswoman for the town hall said: “This is a clear-cut case of illegal parking in a space reserved for residents and claims to the contrary are simply untrue.
“We have provided both Mr Da Silva and the Brent & Kilburn Times with extensive proof which backs up the decision to issue the PCN without any doubt.”