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    How likely do you think our appeal would be? My wife has just had a parking ticket for not showing the disabled badge when visiting a shop. She left my son in the car and went into the shop. The windows of the car were down and due to strong winds, the badge blew onto the floor. The traffic warden then came along and placed a ticket on the car while my son, the badge holder was clearly sat in the car, was listening to the radio.
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    Its worth a shot. There is no penalty if you lose i think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyEnglish View Post
    How likely do you think our appeal would be? My wife has just had a parking ticket for not showing the disabled badge when visiting a shop. She left my son in the car and went into the shop. The windows of the car were down and due to strong winds, the badge blew onto the floor. The traffic warden then came along and placed a ticket on the car while my son, the badge holder was clearly sat in the car, was listening to the radio.
    Worth a try. Strictly speaking the regulations require that the badge be on display, which it wasn't at the actual time of ticketing, but if you explain the circumstances they may exercise discretion.

    FWIW an acquaintance of mine who was a traffic warden reckoned that there was always a decent chance of getting a ticket revoked if you had a reasonable-sounding excuse, although this was when it was a police-run thing, rather than nowadays when it's whoever the local authority have outsourced it to.

    The case on which he reckoned I should have appealed was when my car was parked on a single yellow near my home in the evening (all the non-restricted spaces were occupied by football fans) and, having been out on the town for a friend's birthday, I reckoned I wasn't yet sufficiently alcohol-free to move it at 7:30 in the morning when the restrictions started. If he thought that being drunk at breakfast time was a good enough excuse to have a ticket revoked, you should have a chance

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    You are not going to win that one I think.
    It is your responsibility to make sure the badge is displayed.

    What were you thinking? Leaving your disabled son in an unlocked car! Anything could have happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Lone Gunman View Post
    You are not going to win that one I think.
    It is your responsibility to make sure the badge is displayed.

    What were you thinking? Leaving your disabled son in an unlocked car! Anything could have happened.

    Eh? Tony doesn't say it was unlocked, just that the windows were open.

    I don't know how old his son is, but I'd say that under 10, probably not great to have left him there, over 10 fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Lone Gunman View Post
    You are not going to win that one I think.
    It is your responsibility to make sure the badge is displayed.

    What were you thinking? Leaving your disabled son in an unlocked car! Anything could have happened.
    Well he **should** win if any sort of common sense was applied. It tends to be quite lacking these days.
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    If your son is the disabled one, and the badge is for his benefit, and he stayed in the car, why did you park in such a way that the badge was needed?

    Surely the disabled badge is there to make your son's life easier, not yours.




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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyEnglish View Post
    How likely do you think our appeal would be? My wife has just had a parking ticket for not showing the disabled badge when visiting a shop. She left my son in the car and went into the shop. The windows of the car were down and due to strong winds, the badge blew onto the floor. The traffic warden then came along and placed a ticket on the car while my son, the badge holder was clearly sat in the car, was listening to the radio.

    Pretty good chance, but don't tell them it wasn't on display. As a back up
    leave it as long as possible before sending the appeal, and then in all likelihood the council won't be able to respond fast enough. I've won by them not responding fast enough before.

    The appeals people tend to be a lot less draconian than the councils.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Lone Gunman View Post
    What were you thinking? Leaving your disabled son in an unlocked car! Anything could have happened.
    Were you being ironic?

    It's difficult to tell, as I get the impression that the average British parent treats a ten-year-old in a way that was deemed appropriate for a five-year-old when I was growing up.

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    Last month I was dropping off some items to Oxfam.

    I parked on double yellows for 2 minutes, and in that time got a £70 ticket.

    Talked to the parking officer (who had just started to write the ticket) and got a signed letter from the oxfam manager that I was only parked there for 2 minutes.

    Wrote up a nice letter, sent it off and common sense prevailed.

    I was shocked, but £70 better of.

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