Edinburgh ‘bombarded’ in parking tickets refund

One of the signs in Abbeyhill. Pic: PA
One of the signs in Abbeyhill. Pic: PA
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Parking enforcers could be “bombarded” by claims for thousands of pounds of refunds for tickets issued near some of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions, a legal expert has warned.

A driver issued with a ticket last June finally won a six-month battle to get it repealed last week, arguing that a tree on Abbeyhill had obscured the controlled parking zone (CPZ) entry sign leading to Holyrood Palace, Dynamic Earth and the Scottish Parliament.

And the decision could see the council “bombarded” by further claims for refunds.

Simon Collins, a partner at city-based Capital Defence Lawyers, which specialises in road traffic offences, said: “It could potentially affect a large number of tickets for any driver who entered via that road where the sign was obscured.

“Every person who has ever had a parking ticket could phone up and say ‘I entered that way’, and the council could be bombarded.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, city transport convener, said: “We’d encourage people to report any obscured or damaged signs/road markings to assist us in ensuring signage is as clear as possible for drivers.”