Driver brands Newham Council ‘arrogant’ after tribunal rules in his favour

PUBLISHED: 10:42 06 December 2016 | UPDATED: 11:11 06 December 2016

Joseph Hayat and his wife Salma. Picture: Joseph Hayat

Joseph Hayat and his wife Salma. Picture: Joseph Hayat

Joseph Hayat

An independent tribunal has backed a driver who said a traffic warden tampered with a parking restriction notice near his car.

CCTV showing the parking warden in front of the sign. Picture: YouTubeCCTV showing the parking warden in front of the sign. Picture: YouTube

CCTV footage was used in the decision to support Joseph Hayat’s assertion that he had legally parked outside his workplace in Dock Road, Canning Town South on August 13.

The TV producer, 23, was fined £65 – plus a £200 vehicle removal fee – for parking in the same place where temporary conditions had been placed from June 20 to July 3.

However, the traffic warden was found by the London Tribunals to have added a new notice with the dates August 5 to August 26 after Mr Hayat had parked his car.

Newham Council, which did not send a representative to the tribunal, is now reviewing the incident in light of the ruling last Thursday.

Mr Hayat said he was still waiting on a formal apology from Newham Council and said he was shocked that they were still investigating the issue.

He said: “It is absolutely disgusting that we still haven’t been contacted by the council, it is arrogant and ignorant of this council.

“A spokeswoman informed the media they are investigating the matter, yet the judicial tribunal ruled in our favour.

“How dare they question my integrity further.”

He added: “Even if they want to take it to the High Court I will fight it all the way.”

A council spokeswoman said: “We have not had sight of the video footage supplied to the tribunal by Mr Hayat, and given the serious nature of the allegation, we are instigating a review of the case.

“We will request the footage from London Tribunals, and look into our own handling of Mr Hayat’s appeal, including our own photographic evidence.

“We have also written to the Hayats to invite them to make contact and bring the full CCTV evidence to us so that we can investigate this fully.”

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