High Court rules parking charges unlwful

On 22 July 2013 the High Court gave judgment in R (Attfield) v London Borough of Barnet  [2013] EWHC 2089 (Admin) and quashed Barnet’s decision to increase parking charges in its controlled parking zones. The increases, introduced in April 2011, were between 150% and 300% and made Barnet’s charges among the highest in London. Lang J upheld the claimant’s argument that the council had set the charges as a means of making money to spend on other transport projects and that this was not a lawful purpose under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The decision may have implications across the country and has been described by the AA as a “warning to other councils”. The judge refused permission to appeal but the Defendant has announced that it intends to pursue this further and the quashing order has been stayed pending their application to the Court of Appeal.


The successful claimants were represented by Martin Westgate QC and Lindsay Johnson instructed by Anthony Gold.


Click here for the full judgment.


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