Businessman wins 10-month battle with Bolton Council over parking fine
9:07am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A BUSINESSMAN has won a 10-month parking battle with Bolton Council over a £35 fine — and is now invoicing the authority for wasting his time.
The ticket was left on a car belonging to Barry Jones, the managing director of Aztec Designs, last October, in Mill Street, because one rear wheel was on the pavement.
Mr Jones, aged 62, initially refused to pay the fine as he had parked his car so the driv-er’s door could be opened with-out hitting a lamppost.
Bolton Council sent Mr Jones’ family several letters to recov-er the fine, which was doubled to £70, before the case went to a traffic penalty tribunal in June.
But last week the tribunal ruled in Mr Jones’ favour.
Mr Jones said: “They have been so pig-headed. They just wouldn’t listen. They have wast- ed a fortune of taxpayers’ mon-ey on this.
“Some of the legal documents we were sent were an inch thick.”
The council undermined its own case by cashing a £35 cheq- ue sent in frustration by the Jones family in January. This was perceived to be an acceptance of payment, the trib- unal ruled.
The parking attendant also had to walk on private land to leave the ticket on the car — something Mr Jones and his family used in their argument at the tribunal.
Now Mr Jones and his comp-any are invoicing the council for time lost fighting the case, although the independent adj-udicator did not order the coun- cil to pay the Jones’ costs. Mr Jones added: “They’ve actually just sent one invoice back.
“I’ve rung them up and said, hang on, it doesn’t really work like that. We’re a company and we’ve invoiced you. You’ve got to pay up.
“We want the cash, not bec-ause we want to take it off the taxpayer, but because we want to teach them a lesson.
“The letters spoke of legal action and debt collectors.
“People should not be being bullied like this. It’s just wrong.”
A council spokesman said: “Mr Jones was issued with a parking fine because the veh-icle was partly parked on the pavement where there are double yellow lines present, and no evidence of loading, or unload-ing, goods was witnessed, or produced.
“The adjudicator dismissed Mr Jones’ claim for costs ag-ainst the council and also made her decision with regards to the fine, which we accept.”
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