Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, has said today's ruling quashing parking charge increases in Barnet was "fantastic news for drivers".
Mr Glaister said:
The law is explicit - parking charges are about managing congestion, not raising revenue. If there is a surplus collected, then there are strict rules on what it can be used for.
The question is: why did Barnet ever think it had an arguable case to pick on one group of residents to shoulder an additional tax?
Parking campaigners from the London borough of Barnet have won the quashing of the local council's decision to dramatically increase parking charges in April 2011.
The judge rejected arguments put forward by Barnet council lawyers that it had powers under section 45 of the 1984 Act to raise a surplus from parking charges for transport functions.
There were no parking charges in David Attfield's quiet residential road, who brought the lead case, until the controlled parking zone (CPZ) was first introduced in 2001 to prevent tube commuters parking in local streets.
- The cost of a permit for a first car was initially £20 and visitor vouchers cost 35p each.
- The charges were increased in 2006.
- In 2011 that they leapt for a first car from £40 to £100.
- Visitors' vouchers increased from £1 to £4 - among the highest CPZ charges in London.
Parking campaigners today won a landmark High Court victory against increased charges which has implications for the rest of the country.
A judge ruled Barnet council in north London acted unlawfully when it increased the cost of residents' parking permits and visitor vouchers in controlled parking zones (CPZs) to raise revenue.
The additional income was intended to meet projected expenditure for road maintenance and improvements, concessionary fares and other road transport costs.
The ruling was a victory for the Barnet CPZ Action group, made up of parents and residents from the borough, and David Attfield, who brought the lead case.
Police are searching for a 14 year old girl who's gone missing from Barnet.
14-year-old Anastasija Rakovskaja was last seen leaving school on Monday, but she did not return home that evening.
Detectives say she has gone missing before but never for this long so they are concerned for her welfare.
Police are appealing for information to help identify suspects following a robbery in Barnet. Police were called on Friday morning to the Britannia Building Society on Station Road in Edgware after three men burst in and stole a quantity of cash.
Two of the suspects jumped over the counter before one of them pinned a member of staff against the wall. The second man grabbed the money while the third suspect stood by the front door.The men then fled in the direction of Rectory Lane.
Suspect 1 is described as black, approximately 17 years old, 5' 6" tall, of proportional build with broad shoulders and with close cut short black hair. He was wearing a navy coloured baseball cap, black sweatshirt, black tracksuit bottoms and black fabric gloves.
Suspect 2 is described as black, aged 17-20 years, 5' 6" tall and of proportional build. He was wearing a black hooded top and black tracksuit bottoms. It is believed the hood was up, and he was wearing some sort of face covering, either a ski mask, or scarf over his face.
Suspect 3 is described as black and was wearing black clothing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Flying Squad at Finchley on 020 8358 1752 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Barnet FC will play their final game at Underhill, their home of 106 years, today. A sell-out crowd is expected for the crucial match against Wycombe where the Bees need a win in their bid to avoid relegation.
The Barnet manager Edgar Davids gave a helping hand to a group of stranded fans on the M6 on Saturday. On the way back from their game at Accrington (in which Davids had been sent off), the team's bus passed a supporters' coach which had broken down.
A few minutes later, the team bus returned, picked the fans up and took them to a nearby service station where they could wait in the warm. Davids had told his players to get off the bus at the service station so it could go back to get the supporters.
The fans then got to meet and chat with the Barnet players before a replacement coach arrived to take the fans home.
A woman who died following a "road rage" incident in Barnet in London earlier this month has been named as 33-year-old Christie McHugh.
A post-mortem at Finchley Mortuary on Wednesday gave cause of death as head injuries.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened at around 6:40pm on Monday 4 March on East Barnet Road.
Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 020 8247 7821; or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Two North London police officers today described how they braved freezing temperatures to rescue a woman trapped in her car in a lake in Totteridge.
PCs Ryan Perry and Marc Cash plunged into the water and smashed one of the vehicle's windows, before pulling the woman to safety.
Paul Brand went to meet them.