History has a funny habit of repeating itself when it comes to South Tyneside Council’s ability to fuck things up. Hot on the heels of the loading bay blunder it now seems that certain officers of the council’s parking team have fucked up again; this time with bus stop enforcement.
For a bus stop parking infringement to be legally enforceable, the bus stop must be clearly marked with a thick yellow line (about twice the size of a normal line), have a yellow time plate visible and be covered by a valid Traffic Regulation Order.
Mr Monkey has noticed that the council’s line contractor has been busy painting yellow lines around many of the borough’s bus stops and that a plethora of yellow time plates have suddenly been erected.
The only thing that remains is a valid Traffic Regulation Order, but that’s where the problem starts – it seems that there are loads of bus stops without them.
Mr Monkey reckons that if you’ve received a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) for parking on a bus stop in the last 3 months you should consider lodging an appeal, especially as it now appears a significant number of these PCNs may have been issued illegally – there’s a fair chance you will win.
Mr Monkey will be posting details of the appeals process shortly.