Driver wins year-long battle over parking ticket

Driver wins year-long battle over parking ticket
Vanessa Price’s car when she was ticketed (Picture: SWNS)

A savvy driver has won a year-long battle with a council over the way she parked her car.

With its short-wheel base, Vanessa Price’s Smart car can fit into tiny spaces and can even be parked at a right angle to the kerb.

But when the 44-year-old did that in Stroud, Gloucestershire, she was given a £50 fine.

She pleaded with the traffic warden, but she was told that because the front of the car overlapped the marked bays, it was illegal.

The businesswoman has now had her parking ticket after a year-long battle.

She previously stated: ‘I have parked like this in Stroud, London and Bristol and never had any trouble before.

Vanessa Price, 45, from Stroud,Gloucestershire with her Smart car . December 16 2014. A Smart car owner has had a fine over turned after she parked at a right angle to the kerb - claiming it was recommended by the manufacturer. See swns story SWSMART. Vanessa Price, 44, was issued the ticket as she squeezed into a town centre space to buy sweets for trick-or-treaters.Although the ability of smart cars to fit into small spaces at 90 degree angles to the pavement is well known - and a unique selling point - the traffic warden insisted the front of the car overlapped the white bay markings, making it illegal.He issued a £50 fine which Mrs Price, who regularly positions her diminutive motor in  the unorthodox fashion, fiercely contested.The business owner finally had her ticket overturned last month after a year-long battle.Speaking last October, Mrs Price, from Stroud, Glos., said: "I have parked like this in Stroud, London and Bristol and never had any trouble before."If you go to the Smart website they show you pictures of their cars parked in this way."A parking penalty tribunal ruled in her favour after the adjudicator said Mrs Price had not breached any traffic regulation order by leaving her car as she did.  "It was a ridiculous process and there were no winners in the end," said Mrs Price. "I didnít continue with the case because of the money, I continued because I thought it was wrong. In fact, it cost me more than £50." The adjudicator ruled that while drivers must park within marked bays in pay-and-display and permit-controlled areas, this was not enforceable in limited waiting spaces on the highway.
Vanessa Price said she continued to fight the ticket because it was wrong, not for the money (Picture: SWNS)

‘If you go to the Smart website they show you pictures of their cars parked in this way.’

A parking penalty tribunal ruled in her favour after the adjudicator said Mrs Price had not breached any traffic regulation order by leaving her car as she did.

‘It was a ridiculous process and there were no winners in the end,’ said Mrs Price. ‘I didn’t continue with the case because of the money, I continued because I thought it was wrong. In fact, it cost me more than £50.’

The adjudicator ruled that while drivers must park within marked bays in pay-and-display and permit-controlled areas, this was not enforceable in limited waiting spaces on the highway.

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16 December 2014 | 1:56 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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