SIX drivers have escaped parking fines because of a council blunder.
The tickets were served on motorists who had broken parking restrictions in Touchwood Hall Close. But it emerged that the wording on some of the signs did not match the traffic regulation order which the council had actually made and several tickets were revoked.
This week, Solihull Council stressed that the signs had now been changed and restrictions were fully in force.
Karl Byrne was one of the six drivers who received a fine, only for the council to drop the case.
The 36-year-old had been handed the £60 penalty on July 3, after a trip to Solihull town centre, but appealed against the decision.
“I was pleased when the council sent me a letter saying they were dropping the fine - but I wasn’t satisfied, I wanted to know the exact reason,” he explained.
“It was then that they sent me a letter explaining the situation and saying that there were five other people who were in the same position.”
Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “We have been working with residents to try to help alleviate the parking problems in Touchwood Hall Close. In the case of Mr Byrne, his vehicle was illegally parked. The sign in the area he was parked was correct, and was the right colour for the restrictions stated. Under normal circumstances, his ticket would not have been revoked.
“However there was a problem with the details on signs in a different area of the street, which may have rendered any tickets in that area invalid. In order to avoid any ambiguity, it was decided to cancel all six tickets issued that week, including Mr Byrne’s, and we are contacting the other five motorists concerned.”
Restrictions were imposed on Touchwood Hall Close after residents complained about the number of commuters who were parking in the street.