In winter sometimes fallen leaves can obscure yellow lines, resulting in drivers receiving parking fines for stopping on roads where they thought that it was ok to park.
If leaves are obscuring lines on an un-spwept roads it is worth being aware that this is grounds for appealing a parking ticket, but only if certain conditions are met.
This is because it is the responsibility of local councils to keep roads clean with parking restrictions clearly visible. If the lines were covered by leaves and there was no relevant signage close to your vehicle then you have a good chance of having the ticket overturned.
In order to appeal you need to do the following upon finding the parking fine.
- look for signs that state the restrictions. (If there’s one right next to your car then your appeal is likely to fail).
- Measure its distance from your car to the nearest signage. (One pace = around a metre)
- Take a picture of your car in relation to the sign
- Take a photograph of the road showing that the lines are obscured by leaves or flooding.
Most phones will embed Exif data on the image, this information can be used to prove the location and time that the photo was taken. This could be vital in any appeal.
The Source of this information is aph.com, there are also many other helpful tips for winter in their article