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Legal advice sought.

COVENTRY City Council insists motorists issued with parking tickets with only one date had still parked illegally but it was seeking legal advice.

Cllr Kevin Foster, cabinet member for city services, said: "This issue is not about whether motorists have been issued a ticket incorrectly or unjustly.

The vehicles concerned would have been parked illegally and therefore would have been correctly issued a ticket. The issue centres on a technicality around information on the ticket itself.

"Like other local authorities across the country we are seeking legal advice on the cases bought to court with regards to penalty charge notices issued with only one date.

"As we do not issue tickets on the basis of CCTV evidence, all tickets are issued on the day the offence occurred, therefore the two dates would be the same in any case.

"Since last October to remove any doubt, we revised our penalty charge notices so that they all now have provision for two dates to be completed - the date the offence happened and the date the penalty charge is issued. Although given our method of enforcement, these dates will always be the same."
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 15, 2007
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