More than 5,000 motorists will be refunded parking fines worth £278,000 after Westminster council admitted some of their street signs were ‘confusing’.
It led to motorists parking in bays meant for taxis along Oxendon Street, Jermyn Street and Conduit Street in central London.
The signs said charges applied between 08:30 and 18:30, implying that motorists could park there for free outside that time.
But motorists were fined as the dual bays were dedicated to taxis only after 18:30.
Councillor Nickie Aiken, cabinet member for parking, said the refund is a ‘one-off exception’.
‘Dual-use bays are all about maximising the space at the kerbside in the city to enable fair and easy parking for everyone,’ she said.
‘However, we accept that the parking signs in these streets could have given rise to confusion among motorists and so we are making a one-off exception – it is the right thing to do.
‘We have now also replaced signs as a result.’
Drivers who were charged will be sent a letter on how to claim the refund.
That's their Xmas jolly scaled back then
They could easily recoup their loses by issuing PCN's to the thousands of illegally parked minicabs seen lining up outside clubs and bars.They could get this 1/4 mil back over a weekend
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