Jason Lewis wins parking battle against Hampshire County Council over ticket in Western Service Road, Ringwood
HAMPSHIRE County Council has blamed double yellow lines being painted over for mistakenly handing out a parking ticket to a driver.
Jason Lewis, a developer, challenged HCC over a penalty he was given for parking on the Western Service Road in Ringwood on 9th August last year and, four days before Christmas, he won the fight.
After the authority cancelled the penalty charge without a hearing, Mr Lewis told the A&T he believed other motorists had been given tickets wrongly at the same parking spot, behind the Inn on the Furlong pub.
"Naughty, naughty HCC," he remarked – and wished other motorists "good luck" if they opt to challenge.
An HCC spokesperson said it found that in Mr Lewis’s case a section of the double yellow lines had been "illegally painted over with black paint”, but it was not known who the culprit was.
There is a valid Traffic Regulation Order in place on that land which HCC enforces on behalf of New Forest District Council as the landowner, the spokesperson added.
Prior to April 2020, NFDC had been responsible for enforcing the parking restriction there until HCC took over that role.
The spokesperson added: "However, it is important to understand that the penalty charge notice issued was entirely valid.
"The vehicle was found parked on the visible yellow lines on land where a legal Traffic Regulation Order is in place."