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Warrington motorist fined for parking outside his own house
10:00am Friday 8th March 2013 in News
A MOTORIST was slapped with a parking fine despite leaving his car in the same spot outside his home for years.
Nathan Lee found the ticket on his car when he left his Kingsway South home on Wednesday morning.
But much to the 24-year-old’s surprise it was in the same spot which has been passed by traffic wardens without any ticket being issued numerous times before.
The Morrisons duty manager said: “They put a zebra crossing outside our house 10 years ago and told us it would not affect our parking.
“Every day we have parked out there. When the traffic is busy it’s hard to get on our drive without holding up the traffic.
“The ticket said the reason was parking on a restricted street.
“They have told us that there is no reason the ticket was issued for parking on a zebra crossing. Because we were parked on the pavement the traffic wardens have been told to ticket people on the pavement.”
There are no lines on the section of the road and the pavement is extended in size which meant his car took up less than half the width of the space - not impinging on pedestrians.
And his family home has had a car parked in the same position for his entire life.
“The issue is not the ticket itself but where we go from here. Why weren’t we posted a letter to say the rules are changing for parking if they have done.
“There are cars parked right along the road. I feel like we were being singled out.”
Warrington Borough Council has now cancelled Nathan’s ticket which it says was issued in error.
“I’m delighted they have done that but I’ve had to speak to so many people to challenge it. Also I don’t fancy running the risk of parking there until I know it is definitely safe to park there. I know it’s not illegal but the traffic wardens need to be put straight on that.”