Glan Conwy man who successfully fought parking charge 'inundated' with pleas to help others

Reporter:

James Wilde

A RETIRED businessman who successfully fought a parking charge has been “inundated” with pleas for help from fellow motorists.

Ted Stocker was issued a penalty charge notice last May after parking on double yellow lines in Lloyd Street, Llandudno, during a crackdown launched by Conwy County Borough Council.

Mr Stocker took the authority to a Traffic Penalty Tribunal over the issue and an adjudicator directed the council to cancel the notice.

It was advised the proper course of action would be for a police officer to issue a penalty, not a civil enforcement officer.

Following his success at overturning the fine, the 77-year-old says he has now been inundated with queries from drivers asking for help with their fines.

Mr Stocker, of Ffordd Naddyn, Glan Conwy, said: “An awful lot of people try to do the best they can to park properly but end up touching a white line on which they shouldn’t park.

“I feel a bit of discretion should be shown to people who park properly most of the time but the council don’t seem to offer any leeway.”

The latest figures from 2014/15 show that the Traffic Penalty Tribunal heard 19,624 cases and 65 per cent of motorists were successful in getting their tickets overturned.

Chief Adjudicator, Caroline Sheppard: “The Traffic Penalty Tribunal through adjudicator decisions, continues to remind local authorities of the importance of motorists understanding what is required of them - through signs and lines, and in relation to handling representations from motorists, urges them to respond to the individual issues raised by motorists.”

A spokesperson for Conwy County Borough Council parking services said: “If someone believes they have been issued with a penalty charge notice in error they should submit an appeal, details of how to do so are on the ticket.”

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