In the Media

Motorcycling barrister floats a challenge to parking laws

PUBLISHED July 13, 2007

A barrister claimed yesterday that his motorcycle is immune to parking tickets because its wheels do not touch the ground when it is parked.

Clive Wolman told three Court of Appeal judges that when he parks his 500cc Suzuki on the pavement outside his home in Islington it is not subject to the capital?s parking regulations because it balances on its centre stand, with both wheels off the ground.

Mr Wolman, whose bike has been given 100 parking tickets, is now seeking an injunction against Islington council. He says that the relevant legislation states that a parking violation is committed when a motor vehicle is ?parked with one or more wheels on any part of an urban road?.

Mr Wolman has already had an application for an injunction against the council turned down last year at Wandsworth County Court. Yesterday he asked Lords Justice Waller, Chadwick and Moore-Bick to overturn that decision, saying that Deputy Circuit Judge Robin Laurie had misinterpreted the meaning of ?on?.

Jonathan Manning, for the council, rejected Mr Wolman?s arguments as ?absurd?.

The judges reserved their decision.