Green Lanes parking enforcement criticised
By LiseS | Thursday, October 07, 2010, 10:08
Haringey's parking enforcement officers are once again in the news for all the wrong reasons, this time for the confusing and contradictory parking restrictions on Green Lanes that lead to 33 parking tickets being issued daily on the busy shopping street. The RAC Foundation has accused Haringey of deliberately creating confusion in order to collect revenue.
Yellow lines - don't do it.
The parking signs on Green Lanes give two different sets of times when parking is banned - between 7am and 10am on the southbound side, and between 5pm and 7pm on the northbound - and roadside signs giving information about parking hours contain different information to that given at Pay and Display machines. Many drivers wanting to park legally have been caught by the confusing rules: 12,302 parking tickets were issued on the road last year, more than on any other street in England and Wales.
Local traders, worried about the impact of parking tickets on their businesses, have complained to the council about the inconsistency and the confusing information given by roadside signs, but say no action has been taken. Some have now resorted to warning customers about the parking times and keeping a watch out for wardens.
Local people will no doubt be unsurprised by the news - Haringey has been notorious for some years for misleading parking information and misapplied parking restrictions. MP Lynne Featherstone related her own tale of parking woe in Hornsey two years ago, when an entire street full of cars were illegally ticketed.
Friends visiting the area have also been confused by the signage on parking bays which sometimes operate as Resident Only and sometimes as Pay and Display, and the council seem in no hurry to make the signs clearer or more comprehensible. An arcane and obscure appeals process adds to the misery.
The RAC have now called on Haringey to demonstrate that their parking arrangements are simple, clearly signed and comprehensible. Haringey has said that their signs meet regulations.
Have you been caught out by confusing restrictions or unclear signs? Have you successfully appealed an invalid ticket? Is Green Lanes the most ticketed stretch of road in the nation for good reason? Let us know your thoughts below!