The No To Mob welcome the Committee's approach when addressing concerns that we and others raised in our representations to them. The Committee have clearly considered the motoring public's concerns over being used as cash cows by local government, and have made some very serious and sensible recommendations as to how the public's concerns may be allayed.
The recommendation for local council's to publish an annual parking report is most welcome, as is the recommendation for there to be statutory and enforceable guidance that will effectively all but prohibit the use of CCTV cameras for enforcement of parking contraventions.
The recommendation that there be legislation to force councils to pay back monies to wrongly fined drivers where signage is proved to be inadequate is also welcomed. If the committee's recommendations are implemented then in future, local authorities making mistakes with their signs and lines will be forced to pay back monies to motorists they have wrongly issued with fines.
The scaling of penalty charges will need to be further addressed although again the principle is welcomed. However, as suggested in our representations, the No To Mob would have preferred to see no differentiation between penalty charges levied in London compared to the rest of the country. Why should parking on a zig zag line on a zebra crossing be considered a worse offence in London than elsewhere in the country?