Son visiting sick father at North Mid racks up £780 in fines

The driver said he didn’t realise new rules had been introduced by Enfield Council on roads surrounding the Edmonton hospital, reports Grace Howarth, Local Democracy Reporter

North Middlesex Hospital
North Middlesex Hospital

A resident handed several hundred pounds of fines has been refused an appeal after being caught out by new restrictions near North Middlesex Hospital. 

Jamie Newland received six £130 penalty charge notices (PCNs) last December after separate parking breaches on Bull Lane near to the Edmonton hospital.

He had been going back and forth to the hospital with his mother, to visit his ill father, but wasn’t aware of the new traffic orders for Bull Lane restricting motor vehicles in the area. 

The changes came into force on 4th September, but Jamie had been using this route previously to get to the hospital without an issue.

While he accepted that he did not see the signs or realise the implications of the road surface markings, and acknowledged his mind was on other matters concerning his father, Jamie lodged an application against Enfield Council to challenge the PCNs.

A council spokesperson said: “The traffic order in Bull Lane is clearly signposted and is fully compliant with all the necessary road traffic regulations. Motorists must observe all relevant traffic signs and road-markings. Familiarity (or a lack thereof) with a route is never a valid reason for cancelling a PCN.

“The appeal process has been followed and has concluded for the case in question. To assist the resident, the council has implemented a payment plan so the total cost of the PCNs will be spread over several months.”

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