HOORAY!! The missing Disabled Parking Area markings in Horace Road have been replaced and there can now be no excuse for drivers not knowing what this space is for. Hopefully the post-mounted signs have been secured so that they cannot be turned around the wrong way by a strong wind (as Parking Management claim).
Area 3 Chairman, Harry Moth, and Lead Officer, Matthew Gray, had a hand in achieving this work and should be commended.
In many minds, this will, of course, raise the issue of whether Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs - the thing stuck to your windscreen) should have been issued while the signage was missing.
Parking Management in any Local Authority would rely upon a Traffic Management Order (TMO) that defines a parking control or restriction or a traffic management protocol such as lane or turn or entry restrictions. There seems to be no authority that can compel a Local Authority to make parking controls, bus lanes and so on enforceable before issuing any more PCNs. Meanwhile, many would argue that they continue to collect fines from innocent drivers and cancelling PCNs issued to drivers who appeal.
Redbridge Council has at least given us all a few regulations and guidelines that you can find here.
This is a pdf file so you will need Acrobat Reader if you download it to your computer.
10% of PCNs are eventually waived by the issuing authority - this is known as "Informal Challenge". A disproportionate number of these are widely believed to have been issued to Disabled Drivers but accurate stats are hard to come by and the source of this information is people who are complaining anyway.
Only about 1% of PCNs issued in Greater London are formally appealed to PATAS (Parking and Traffic Appeals Service). This rises to 2% for moving traffic offences, usually those captured by CCTV.
Total PCNs issued in Redbridge are half of the average for London as a whole.
The figures for the first half of 2009 are that 335 PCNs were appealed of which 59% (3 out of every 5) were allowed. Of these, half were allowed because the issuing authority did not contest the appeal (known as DNC).
The majority of appeals are based on inadequacy of signage (mounted signs and road markings).
You may find useful information here