|PCN appeals can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride|
Last year a number of people asked Mr Mustard why he spent so much of his time helping people with their parking ticket (PCN) appeals. Mr Mustard wasn't giving very complete replies as he hadn't really thought about it. One day, on the tube on his way back from a PATAS hearing, he reflected and here is the list of the main reasons:
1. To combat the council using parking tickets as a revenue raiser instead of council tax.
2. As Mr Mustard has built up certain skills and read the relevant legislation which would be wasted knowledge if he didn't use it more than once.
3. As to many people the sum of £110 is their food bill for the rest of the month and it's all they've got.
4. As he has spare time (for now).
5. To raise money for charity. If Mr Mustard's assistance leads to your PCN being cancelled he asks you to make a donation to the North London Hospice (amount of your choice).
6. To combat the sharp practices of NSL and/or Barnet Council. A car was taken from a pregnant lady for a parking ticket where the council didn't follow procedure, a traffic warden photographed a sign from a different bay to prove his PCN, a motability car was clamped, a motorist caught a traffic warden out telling stories because he had cctv at home which captured his broken down car being pushed by him, where the council know that lines are too faded to enforce and they carry on issuing PCN.
7. To encourage others to stand up for their rights.
8. As it's fun (yes, really, pedantic as well!)
9. As he hopes that continued exposure will lead the council to change its ways for the better.