I'm new to this forum - just joined.
I received a PCN by CCTV showing my car parked on a taxi rank on Sunday 21 June 2009 at 18.14. I had to make an emergency stop as my 2 year old daughter was sick in the back of the car. I left my wife (who was heavily pregnant) with my daughter in the car for 2 mins so that I could get some tissues from the nearby take-away shop.
Under the circumstances, at the time I did not see the sign that said 'no parking at any time except taxis', but it is there. However, it is located right next to a bus stop, and you cannot see it clearly as you approach in the car. I have appealed to Enfield council on the grounds of mitigating circumstances, but they have rejected my appeal as expected.
I watched the video evidence at Enfield council and it shows my car parked in the taxi rank space with me getting out. The taxi rank box yellow road markings seem in order to me, as does the sign for 'no parking at any time except taxis' and the PCN itself. There are some signs in the area about traffic enforcement cameras being in operation, but these are not very near to the said camera.
I asked the council for the TRO - they said it is correct i.e. 'no parking at any time except taxis' at that location. I can inspect it in person at the council if required.
As I am currently out of work, I asked the council to delay payment at the lower fine of 50 pounds, and they accepted (due by 31 October 2009).
Is it worth me appealing to PATAS on the basis of mitigating circumstances, no prominent CCTV signage near the camera and also not having seen 'no parking at any time except taxis' sign.
I can attach the PCN & other photos I took of the area if required so please let me know. But being a newbie, please be patient as I figure out how to do this...
Thanks for your help.