London Council Issues Parking Tickets to Itself, Then Sues Itself Over Parking Tickets

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 February, 2010 | permalink

At least six councils in England have issued tickets against their own vehicles, but then refused to pay the fines to themselves. You just can make this stuff up.

One farce saw Islington Council in North London issue a ticket, then take itself to an appeal hearing – where it asked for costs against itself. The costs process involves another four steps.

Stunned adjudicator Gerald Styles said he could not make an order for costs because the council could not “act wholly unreasonably or vexatiously against itself”.

Parking law expert Barrie Segal, who unearthed the crazy cases, said: “This is a complete waste of taxpayers’ money and illustrates everything that is wrong with unaccountable parking enforcement in the UK.

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