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I want to know if I can rightly appeal against a parking fine

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I want to know if I can rightly appeal against a parking fine PCN.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your question. My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.

-Could you explain your situation a little more?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I was parked on a single yellow line during prescribed hours, but I was only there briefly to unload some stock to a pharmacy. I wonder can I get around the fine that way? I have the pdf of the PCN but can't seem to attach it.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.
Are you a commercial vehicle?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I'm a pharmacy sales rep and the car is a company car leased by my employer, Crawford Healthcare (manufacturer of pharmacy stock being delivered)

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

What were you loading? What was the package?

were there any signs up prohibiting loading?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I sell sun screen, emollients and verruca gel. When I make a sale I give away a few items as free stock. I'm not sure if there were signs prohibiting loading, but I have read that single yellow lines on the Chiswick High Road, Hounslow, don't have to have signs stipulating prescribed hours, as they are stated on parking meters. I can't see a sign in the photo's provided, but I'm sure there are signs about loading, just not sure about the spot I parked in.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

Was there any sign there or was it in a controlled zone?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I think there is a sign, but you can't see it in the photo's. You can see what looks like a sign post in the pic, but no sign. The Chiswick High Road is massive and I can't tell where on the road I was parked from the pic.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

You need to examine that sign and ascertain what it prohibits.

In fact, a single yellow line doesn't mean you cannot park there at all. It means you cannot park there during the prohibited hours.

You are free to load there unless loading is specific prohibited.

Whether you were loading or not is another matter though. A 'load' is defined in a case called Spake v Tester which set down that it was anything that was too bulky to transport without a car. You are describing something of that kind but you must make clear upon the forms what it is or they will refuse you on that basis.

Can I clarify anything for you?