Magistrates crouched in the street to view signs

In response to Michael Broomhead’s story, Parking Fine Overturned, in last week’s Derbyshire Times, while living in Hertford I successfully appealed a parking fine and had the magistrates crouching in the street to prove my point that the signage was misleading.

It too involved a controlled parking zone.

Looking up a side turning in which I knew the zone ended I spotted a space, pulled in and parked.

The white line in the gutter ended before the space. My car was parked clearly beyond the grey sign post. But I still got a ticket.

It was only then I realised that the controlled parking zone sign was mounted not on the pole I had parked just beyond but on a different post one car length beyond the end of the zone as indicated by the road markings.

The post on which the sign was mounted was not kerbside but was against the buildings on the inside of the pavement and then had two right-angle turns to place the sign in the correct position kerbside, making it appear from the junction as if it were mounted on the first post.

During my hearing the court took a short stroll to the site of the alleged infringement and for a few minutes traffic was stopped while three magistrates, the traffic warden, the clerk of the court and I all crouched in the main road, trying to get our heads to the same height as a car driver.

It was upheld that the signage was misleading and the ticket was cancelled.

The next day the road markings were repainted and the errant post removed.