A council has apologised to motorists after its error led to a string of vehicles on a residential road being wrongly issued with parking tickets.
Drivers in St Dionis Road in Parsons Green were aghast to find parking tickets slapped on their vehicles this week after restrictions which were due to begin on February 21 was suddenly backdated to commence on February 12.
But Hammersmith and Fulham Council says it was the result of a typing error and that it would be cancelling the five tickets issued.
Residents on the road had woken up on February 17 to find the parking tickets on their windshields, leading one to say: “Everyone is stunned because they thought they were safe to park here. It’s disgraceful.”
Part of the St Dionis Road is subject to parking restrictions while a property is being built nearby on the corner of New King's Road and Eddiscombe Road.
Signs on the road had stated parking restrictions would recommence on February 21. But this week motorists woke up to find a sticker over the original sign stating restrictions began on February 12, and their cars fined .
A council spokesman said: “A typing error meant the wrong dates were printed on a sign informing residents of a parking suspension in St Dionis Road, leading to some motorists wrongly being given tickets.
“We have identified and cancelled all five tickets that were incorrectly issued and apologise for the distress caused.”
A fined resident welcomed the news. He said: “I’m happy. I’m delighted that the council have admitted their error, that they’ve admitted liability and that motorists won’t be penalised.”