Where Neil Herron leads the country follows
It is apparent that Decriminalised Parking Enforcement across the country is descending into chaos.
NPAS and PATAS in disarray and facing allegations of breaching Article 6(1) of the Human Rights Act.
Local Councils blindly ignoring the mandatory legal requirements of the 1991 Road Traffic Act.
The Court facing allegations of issuing bailiffs warrants without examining ANY of the paperwork.
Over the past few months we have started investigating and exposing 'lawless' local authorities who have shown a blatant disregard for the law and shown total and utter contempt for the motorist.
It was our first intention to prove DPE unconstitutional in order to create a conflict between DPE and the Metric Martyrs Judgment, but examination of the technical aspects of DPE has produced evidence of maladministration, misfeasance and fraud.
The penny is starting to drop for the press and the media that DPE is nothing but a lawless scam and the power mad local authority officials, the 'men with badges' have lost control of all sense of fairness....
"Our parking system is, frankly, a mess. We heard that the administration of parking enforcement by councils was too often inconsistent, with poor communication, confusion and a lack of accountability. This must change."
The Government responded last night by indicating that it would publish regulations next month banning councils from using incentives for wardens to distribute penalty notices. There could also be smaller fines for lesser offences.
Gillian Merron, the transport minister, admitted that enforcement was "over-zealous" in some areas.
She said: "Parking enforcement should not be about raising money but about keeping traffic moving."
The MPs said that ministers must create "without delay" a single system of parking enforcement run by councils rather than the police. Councils were first allowed to take over enforcement from the police in 1991 and 45 per cent of English authorities now control parking.
In 2003, a total of 7.1 million penalty notices was issued by wardens working for 75 councils and 33 London boroughs. In the same year, only a million penalty notices were issued by the 313 authorities where the police were still responsible.
The committee said it was "astounded" that, of the 7.1 million fines handed out by council wardens, one in five was eventually cancelled following appeals.
"This is far too high and indicates that the system is malfunctioning," it said.
So congratulations to Neil and the No campaign for pushing this - of course while Parliament now recognises the problem their proposed solution is for more of the same by pushing out DPE nationwide, where it is obvious that the introduction of DPE has caused the problem! Go figure.