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My car was towed away today by Barnet council. It was parked

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My car was towed away today by Barnet council. It was parked on a single yellow line. I received a parking around 2pm and by 4pm the car was gone. I never realised a car on a single yellow on public not causing any obstruction could result in being towed.Do I have any grounds for appeal?
  • As single yellow lines tend to be on busy routes, you may find there’s a complete ban on parking during the day. This restriction is then lifted in the evenings and weekends. However, it's worth checking road signs carefully as each council sets its own rules, and time restrictions may vary across neighbouring areas.

The following is direct from the council.

Parking restrictions in Barnet

Where parking restrictions are in place:

  • yellow-lined waiting and loading restrictions
  • parking bays e.g. resident, business, disabled and doctor parking bays
  • council-run public car parks
  • the London-wide prohibition on parking on footways, verges, etc.
  • a borough-wide overnight commercial vehicle waiting restriction
  • mandatory school keep clear markings
  • pedestrian crossing zigzags
  • motorcycle parking areas
  • loading places
  • restricted bus stops
  • parking in a car park when it is closed
  • re-parking in the same parking bay within an hour of leaving
  • parking adjacent to a dropped kerb
  • parking more than 50 cm from the edge of the carriageway if not in a designated parking space
  • using a vehicle in a car park or on the street to sell or advertise the sale of goods

It is worth going back to the exact location, take photos and Check for signs etc.

councils do make mistakes but you need to show evidence of the error.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your response. Apologies my parking was in Brent
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I’m not intending disputing the pcn but more so the reason to tow
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It seems excessive

No problem, same principles on the different restrictions would apply. It could be a genuine tow, or over eager towing company. Again would be worth checking the area.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok thanks

Your welcome come back if you find any issue.

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