Last Updated on December 27, 2021 by Lawrence Berezin
Introducing Barrie Segal and his helpful parking tips
Barrie Segal is the founder and resident parking ticket expert of AppealNow.com. Barrie graciously shared some helpful hints about parking safely during the holidays.
“What! You too? I thought I was the only one”
I guess NYC is not alone in its fight against evil, unjust parking tickets. Likewise, it is lovely to form a friendship with a unique overseas parking ticket fighter.
Barrie was kind enough to send us his holiday newsletter with helpful parking tips from across the pond.
A good number of these tips apply to NYC, while others don’t. How about forming a list of dos, don’ts, and do not apply? I would start my list with “box day.”
Mr. Segal is considered “U.K.’s leading Parking Ticket Expert.” He has reviewed more than 50,000 parking tickets and wrote the best-selling book “The Parking Ticket Awards: Crazy Councils, Meter Madness & Traffic Warden Hell.”
On the cover, Bob Geld of KBE says, “Everyone needs a Barrie Segal.”
Barrie regularly appears on television (ITV, BBC, Channel 5, ABC News in the USA) and radio (“The Today Programme” and many more) as well as other news media giving his specialist expert opinion on parking tickets and parking ticket law.
“Over the Christmas and New Year period it is very easy to fall into the trap of getting a parking ticket.
Here is my advice on ensuring that you don’t ruin your holiday by getting a parking ticket (helpful parking tips)
-Monday 27th December 2021 (Christmas Day substitute day) and
-Tuesday 28th December 2021 (Boxing Day substitute day).
-As 1st January 2022 falls on a Saturday, the official U.K. public holiday is Monday 3rd January 2022 (New Year’s Day substitute day).
To be on the safe side I suggest that you treat Christmas Day, 25th December 2021, and Boxing Day, 26th December 2021, and 1st January 2020 as ORDINARY DAYS FOR PARKING ENFORCEMENT PURPOSES – UNLESS THE COUNCIL WHERE YOU PARK HAS SPECIFICALLY INDICATED EXEMPTIONS.
Therefore, in this newsletter, Christmas day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day refers to 25th December 2021, 26th December 2021, 27th December 2021, Boxing 28th December 2021, 1st January 2022, and 22nd January 2022
Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day
You should not assume that councils will stop enforcing single yellow line or “paid for” parking bay restrictions on the above days unless the council has stated this on their website. If restrictions do not apply to pay and display parking bays it should say so on the pay and display machine where you pay for your parking.
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve
Unless a council specifically says it will suspend parking enforcement on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve they will be treated as normal days. , if there are parking restrictions where you are on a “normal” Thursday they will also apply on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Do check the council’s website for their parking policy during this holiday period. M ny councils have already published these online.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON DOUBLE YELLOW LINES!
Double yellow lines are always enforced 24/7 even on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.
Dropping off or picking up a passenger is fine but you can’t wait for them.
Residents’ parking bays
Any restrictions applicable to residents’ parking bays and loading bays also apply to public holidays as if they were ordinary days. S , if a residents’ bay is restricted to residents from say Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm, that restriction will apply on those days.
Never park in a loading bay unless permitted to do so – i.e., you are loading or unloading and are using a vehicle permitted to do so. Do remember some loading bays are restricted to specific types of vehicles.
Bus Lane enforcement treats all bank holidays and public holidays e.g. Christmas, New Year, and Boxing Day as ordinary days so please be careful.
Sneaky Transport for London – Red Route Bus Lanes
As part of a trial, most bus lanes on the red routes now operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. B fore you travel, you can check a list of roads that are affected in your borough.
Yellow Box Junctions
Yellow Box junctions are always enforced 24/7 and that includes public holidays.
Never Park at an out-of-order meter!
Check with the local authority
My strong advice is to check with the local authority regarding
their parking enforcement from 24th December 2021 to 3rd January 2022 for single yellow lines and metered or pay and display parking bays.
Increasingly local authorities are putting this information on their websites but there have been cases where the website said that there was no enforcement but this was then changed and teams of civil enforcement officers (parking attendants) were sent out to ticket motorists who relied on the original webpage!
That is why if f you do use a council’s webpage to get information on their parking enforcement over the holiday period above, I recommend copying the webpage by using your browser’s “Save Page As” facility, saving the page as an HTML file.
If in doubt do not park there!
If you have any doubt as to whether to park it is safest not to!
I am grateful to have a wonderful expert from across the pond to share our mutual parking ticket challenges. So, when you travel to the U.K. and get an unjust parking ticket, Barrie’s the guy to call!
Happy holidays to all
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