A BBC report has delved in to parking fines, estimating that £23 million worth of tickets may have been unlawfully issued to London motorists.
The BBC says it has learned that 16 councils have no authorisation for suspended parking bay signage, whilst others went years without. Some boroughs insist that a later judgement made tickets enforceable.
More than 1,500 parking bays are typically suspended by a typical inner London council each month so that building works can take place.
Road signs are designed for most situations by the Department for Transport (DfT), which must be followed closely by authorities, but a template has never been produced for a suspended parking bay sign. In the absence of a sign from the DfT, the law requires councils to ask the Transport Secretary to authorise their own creations.
London boroughs make £67 per parking ticket, according to a Westminster City Council report, which is a total revenue in excess of £23 million. Motorists, however, might find it hard to claim money back as there is a time limit of 28 days to make an appeal.
Copyright Press Association 2013