Glastonbury driver wins taxi bay car parking ticket case
A Glastonbury woman has won a battle after a parking ticket issued while she was parked in a taxi rank was quashed due to incorrect road markings.
Nadia Polemone successfully appealed against a parking ticket, after pointing out the road markings and signs for the taxi bay, at the top of Glastonbury High Street, meant the regulations were not enforceable.
She had been issued the ticket on December 20, just after 12.30pm, but appealed almost straight away.
She proved the markings and signage marking the taxi bay were unlawful, making parking regulations unenforceable.
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“The lines marking the bay had broken up almost entirely – there was hardly anything left of them,” she said.
“I genuinely didn’t realise that it was a taxi rank – I thought it was just for normal parking, like the other bays in the High Street.”
After receiving the parking ticket, Nadia carried out research online and learned that in order for a fine to be issued, the taxi bay has to be clearly marked out in yellow paint, and there had to be clear signs in place.
“I went back to the bay and saw the markings – which were white, instead of yellow – had become so broken down you could hardly read them,” she said.
“I looked around for the sign, and eventually found one on a fence nearby. I took photographs and outlined my case, and I was delighted to get a letter back saying that the county council was canceling the ticket.
“But there must be so many people who got a ticket and just paid the fine.”
A Somerset County Council spokesman said: “Parking in taxi ranks is prohibited and is being strictly enforced across Somerset.
“However, in this case the markings for the rank were not correct and this is something that will be addressed.”