A SPARKY was hit with a ticket to park his van on the sidewalk – next to a sign saying he could park there.
Palli Singh, 35, faces a court hearing over the penalty imposed when he left his Ford Transit at the curb.
The electrician had been returning from a job when he saw the fine on his windscreen – even though the sign above said he was legally parked.
Oddly enough, on the other side of the lamppost was another sign that said no parking.
Palli told The Sun: “The number of fines I’ve received over the years has been ridiculous.
“But this one takes the biscuit.”
“When I came back an hour later I was angry, how did I get a parking ticket when the sign says it’s ok?!”
Palli lost two appeals and vowed to go to court to overturn the ticket issued in Lambeth, south London.
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Lambeth Council acknowledged there had been a “misunderstanding”.
Yesterday (Tue) Lambeth Council reversed its decision and canceled the ticket after The Sun began asking questions.
Palli, of Staines, Berks., added, “It said I can park right above my van, so I didn’t think anything of it.
“But on the other side of the sign it says no parking.
“Like any other driver, I’m not going to drive around and see what the other sign says.”
The letters from Lambeth Council admitted: “Parking on sidewalks or grass verges in the borough is not permitted unless there is a sign saying you may do so.
“There is a sign like this near the parked vehicle, but the Civil Enforcement Officer determined the vehicle was parked on the wrong side of the sign where vehicles are not allowed to park.”
Lambeth Council said curb parking is allowed behind the sign and not in front of it.
A spokesman said: “In that case we will cancel the ticket but parking in sidewalks is illegal in London.
“The exception to this is for the area of the curb behind the sign, as with any other traffic sign such as speed limit or controlled parking zone signage, the restriction takes place after the signage, not before, which is why this ticket has been correctly issued.
“The road was being worked on at the time this ticket was issued which is why the double yellow lines were temporarily absent and in this case may have caused confusion.”
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