Hitesh Pabari, from Harrow, London has been fighting his case since May and has even called in the help of his local MP as he claims the traffic warden who issued the fine wasn’t in uniform at the time
A fuming man who was slapped with a parking ticket says it’s unfair as he claims the warden hid in behind a tree in plain clothes on a road that ‘doesn’t exist’.
Hitesh Pabari, from Harrow, London has been fighting his case since May and has even called in the help of his local MP.
He has compiled a whole folder of evidence which includes reasons that he shouldn’t have even been given a parking charge notice in the first place, My London report.
Hitesh claims the parking warden broke the London Council’s Parking Enforcement Code of Practice, yet he is still being pressured by the council to pay up.
This is despite him contacted Bob Blackman, the Conservative MP for Harrow East, who brought the issue up with the council.
They replied to him and still refused to refund the parking charge, stating that Hitesh must pay.
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Hitesh said: “The lady (parking officer) was waiting behind a tree hiding out of sight so she could issue me with a fine before I could see her,” Hitesh said.
“You can clearly tell she was in a rush because she only took one picture of my car when usually on a parking charge you get pictures from each angle.
“The lady was also not wearing any uniform. I have checked and this breaks the rules for how a parking inspector should act.
“On top of that she didn’t even sign the ticket. My trust in this council has been completely broken.”
London Council’s Code of Practice on Civil Parking Enforcement says: “CEOs must wear a clearly identifiable uniform.
“This should be readily distinguishable from those worn by the police and traffic wardens, but still allow easy public recognition.
“To undertake enforcement action, a CEO must be clearly identifiable and in the full uniform specified (allowing for variations according to local weather conditions).”
Hitesh’s accusations mean that the parking warden would have been acting in violation of London wide ethical codes.
Hitesh has claimed the road he has been given the ticket for doesn’t even exist and its name can’t be found on maps.
A search on the internet for the road he was given the ticket on, Greenhill Way – Service Rd, doesn’t come up with anything.
The road is visible but has no name. A road with parking on, double yellows, resident parking signs, but no official name or signage.
Harrow Council were contacted with all of Hitesh’s claims, including the supposed lack of an existing road and the parking officers lack of uniform.
A spokesperson from Harrow council said: “If there is an appeal then the driver should follow the process on the back of the PCN by emailing [email protected]”