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Mr Mustard

Given a ticket, but the council didn't remind us to renew our permits

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Posted on 2:33pm Friday 10th October 2014

Barnet parking didn't send their usual reminder to renew residents' parking permits, so both mine and my husband's lapsed unbeknown to us. Yesterday we found my car issued with a parking penalty.

Anna Slater

'Hypocritical' - parking wardens are allowed to break the rules

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Posted on 1:10pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

Traffic wardens are allowed to break the rules if they are looking for people to ticket, it has emerged.

Worth a try - how to beat a parking ticket in the Saracens event day zone

Posted on 12:10pm Saturday 5th July 2014

I was fined for parking in the Saracens event day zone, but didn't realise it was an event day.

Anna Slater

'Mob handed' bailiffs demand woman hands over £408 - for parking fine she had already paid

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Posted on 11:22am Wednesday 25th June 2014

“Mob handed” bailiffs clamped a 77-year-old’s car and demanded she fork out hundreds of pounds over claims she failed to pay a parking ticket.

Is a parking warden allowed to take a photo when the driver is in the car?

Posted on 11:50am Monday 26th May 2014

I was sitting in my car when a traffic warden popped up from nowhere and took a photo of the tax disc - is this allowed?

Mr Mustard

Fined while going to pay council tax

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Posted on 7:40am Saturday 17th May 2014

The road I parked in has no restrictions on parking but when I returned I found a parking ticket from Barnet Borough Council on my car claiming “27 Parked in a special enforcement area adjacent to a dropped footway”.

Mr Mustard

What a headache! One car, one migraine and three parking tickets in 27 hours

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Posted on 10:10am Saturday 26th April 2014

'I couldn't move my car due to a migraine - then traffic wardens gave me three parking tickets in a little over 24 hours'

Mr Mustard

Ask Mr Mustard: Are blue badges being used fraudulently?

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Posted on 2:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Many residents have commented on the large number of blue badges they have seen on cars in our high streets and their doubts whether all of these are being used legitimately.

Mr Mustard

'Why don't traffic wardens use some common sense?'

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Posted on 3:40pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

An audiologist came to fit Grandma’s new hearing aids. Grandma, 88, lives in Finchley, N2, and residents' parking is all day. So she gave the audiologist one of the old half-day permits.

Mr Mustard

My disabled father was fined after forgetting to put his blue badge back

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Posted on 3:20pm Thursday 27th March 2014

The problem I have concerns my father’s "blue badge" parking. He parks with the badge on display in a designated bay in front of his home in Holly Drive, Potters Bar and received a fine when he forgot to replace the badge after a shopping trip.

Mr Mustard

Parking vouchers: when you follow the instructions and still get fined

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Posted on 3:55pm Monday 17th March 2014

I recently used two one-hour parking vouchers so that I could park for two hours in North Finchley. I scratched off the correct boxes and put the vouchers side-by-side but still got a parking ticket.

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