Parking mad: motorist fined for parking on triple yellow line

October 4, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A motorist was fuming today after he was issued a fine for parking – on a TRIPLE yellow line.

Appliance engineer Brian Burnett, 70, parked his van on the street momentarily to unload some equipment when a parking attendant swooped.

Brian immediately appealed because the road was ”clearly” marked with three yellow lines, which had been painted incorrectly by council contractors.

But the council refused to quash the £35 fine – even though a triple yellow line holds no legal meaning on Britain’s roads.

Brian, of Exeter in Devon, slammed the council for issuing the ticket which he says is ”totally unlawful”.

He said: ”I left the van outside on what was clearly a triple yellow line while we were about to load.

”It took longer than we thought it would to load and in the meantime we were given a ticket. I appealed against it as I thought it was unfair but lost.

”It is totally unlawful to give tickets when the road markings are not as they should be and I am really angry I have been penalised in this way.”

A spokesman for Exeter City Council, which enforces on-street parking on its behalf of Devon county council, said the ticket was not cancelled because the ”intention” of the lines was clear.

A Devon County Council spokesman added: ”The city council is instructed to enforce where the intent of the signs and lines clearly communicate the relevant restrictions.

”Minor deviations in markings from the requirements of the regulations will not automatically invalidate a Penalty Charge Notice.

”If any individual believes they have been issued a Penalty Charge notice incorrectly they should appeal as directed on the notice.”

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