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Pay & Display Machine Location; Defence Against Issuing of a PCN?

MonsieurT Forumite Posts: 6
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Parked in a street the other day, sign said "pay by phone or machine". Phone wasn't an option so machine it was...

As far as I could see, no pay & display machine could be found on either side of the 200m-long stretch of road. (I had a good look.) When I got back to my car a while later, was greeted with a PCN (fun times).

When I got home, looked up locations of machines in the area on local council site and found it 120 yards away from where I was parked on the other side of a local main thoroughfare in what I thought was a separate street altogether! Itinerary by foot from parking space to machine can be seen on Google Maps at

(Sorry, used a link shortener, tiny url, was rejected by MSE!)

I contested the PCN on the above grounds, council said the PCN was correctly issued because parking officers wait 5mins at the car's location before issuing a ticket and you have the option to pay by phone anyway (didn't have that option, as mentioned earlier).

Is there a valid defence that can be made here?



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    If this is a council issued ticket, pop yourself over to the Pepipoo forum as we concentrates on private parking companies. 
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