£70 fine for seven-second stop

July 15, 2014 | By | In News

A 71-year-old charity worker has been fined £70 by Birmingham City Council for stopping on zig-zag lines outside a school – for just seven seconds. The former care worker says that she had only stopped briefly outside the primary school to see how she could get onto the school site, after noticing that the gates were closed.

Joyce Sale from South Yardley area of the city, had been dropping off charity leaflets and was caught out by a council parking camera car. She later received a penalty notice through the mail.

Describing the fine as “ludicrous”, Sale made an appeal to the council which was subsequently rejected, with the council arguing that enforcing “important road safety measures” around schools is “paramount”.

"Drivers have the right to appeal against any notice they feel is issued unfairly and, in this case, that process has been followed and the notice has been upheld.”

Sale said: "It was my first time going to the school and it was absolutely pouring with rain." Noticing the gates were barred, she added: “There was just nowhere to park. So I pulled up, and then I heard this tapping on my window and there was a man there and he pointed across the street to this camera car," reported the Daily Mail.

The mobile CCTV car captured Sale stopped for seconds outside St Benedict’s Infant School, in the suburb of Small Heath. However, these brief moments stopped on the zig-zag lines were enough to warrant a fine.

David Ward, chairman of the charity Sale was helping – the Birmingham St George’s Day Association – said they would pay the fine. He states, “We thought that once we explained to the council what Joyce was doing, they would drop [the fine] given the circumstances."

A spokesperson from Birmingham City Council has said, "We put an appropriate level of parking enforcement into any location, to ensure that we are complying with our traffic regulation and safety responsibilities.

"Drivers have the right to appeal against any notice they feel is issued unfairly and, in this case, that process has been followed and the notice has been upheld.”

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