Parking at Canning Town Station

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-07-04
Session date: 
July 4, 2012
Reference: 
2012/2276
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

This is a more general issue, I think, exemplified by Canning Town station. Where a driver is collecting a disabled traveller and must temporarily park their vehicle in a setting down bay in order to assist the traveller into their vehicle, they may be technically liable for a penalty notice for contravening the 'no parking' rule. Is this reasonable and, while aware of the risk of abuse, should leniency or a regulatory change or a reasonable 'defence' be allowed in such cases?

Answer

Answer for Parking at Canning Town Station

Answer for Parking at Canning Town Station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As the taxi set-down bay adjacent to Canning Town station is not operated by TfL, I cannot comment on the 'no parking' restriction here.

I can confirm, however, that vehicles displaying a valid Blue Badge are permitted to stop on a single or double red line for as long as may be necessary to pick up or drop down the Blue Badge holder. This includes the time taken to assist the badge holder in boarding or alighting the vehicle.

TfL also provides a number of other concessions on the TLRN for the benefit of Blue Badge holders, who are often permitted to park where others can't. Dedicated disabled parking bays are available across the network and many loading bays also permit disabled parking during their hours of operation.

Should a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) be issued for a stopping or parking offence and the recipient feels that this has been issued unfairly, they have a statutory right to make a representation and the details for doing so are given with every PCN that is issued. TfL will give careful consideration to every representation made and discretion may be applied where there are mitigating circumstances. Where a representation is rejected, an independent appeals process is available through the Parking And Traffic Appeals Service whose details will also be provided.