Published On: Wed, Oct 8th, 2014 on 4:26 pm

Parking fees in Halifax town centre suspended due to ‘errors’

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On-street parking charges in Halifax town centre and in Skircoat have been temporarily lifted after the council realised the traffic orders used contained errors.

The charges relate to on-street parking spaces in Halifax town centre and to the new parking scheme in Skircoat, which includes on-street parking bays and parts of the residents’ permit scheme.

The decision to lift the fees was taken after it became clear that the traffic regulation orders (TROs) for those areas cannot be legally enforced.

Calderdale Council’s director of economy and environment, Ian Gray, said: “Traffic regulation orders are highly technical documents and this issue only came to light after one of our orders was challenged. When we checked the details it became clear that there were errors within the orders, which date back to 2008.

“When we realised there was a problem we immediately stopped issuing Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) in the affected areas.

“As the old order was unenforceable, drivers who have received a PCN after parking in the affected streets will be able to request a refund. We will write directly to all affected residents in Skircoat.”

The council has switched off the parking meters in those affected streets so that they can no longer accept payments.

The charges for on-street pay and display parking, and for some residents’ parking in these areas have also been temporarily suspended.

Charging for off-street parking, in the council’s car parks in both areas, is unaffected. PCNs will still be issued where cars are parked on yellow lines, in loading bays, in disabled bays and in car parks.

If you have received a PCN after parking in Halifax town centre or Skircoat since 2008 and believe that you are entitled to a refund, please visit www.calderdale.gov.uk. You can find the Frequently Asked Questions section and an online refund form.

Your claim will be assessed and a refund will be issued if you are eligible.

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