I always observe parking restrictions and until a couple of weeks ago had never been given a parking ticket
I have been driving for 47 years, driving on average 22,000 miles per year. I always observe parking restrictions and until a couple of weeks ago had never been given a parking ticket.
Then I parked in the London Borough of Hounslow with 2 wheels on the road and 2 on an unmade mud & grass verge. I am aware of Highway Code Paragraph 244, but this mud & grass verge was definitely not a pavement, there was no kerb, and no parking restriction signs were displayed.
I received a Penalty Notice which I challenged, and the reply was that the Notice was valid because the car was parked with “one wheel (or more) on the pavement or off the road. Pavement or off-road parking is not allowed unless signs say otherwise. This rule applies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is enforced because vehicles:
• can get in the way of pedestrians, especially blind people or people with prams; and
• can damage paving or underground pipes.”
In the light of this please consider changing the wording of Highway Code Paragraph 244 to indicate that the restriction applies to any partial or wholly off-road parking and not just partially or wholly on the pavement.