Get your warning signs in order or face action
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
The dangers of businesses failing to operate warning signs has been highlighted this week after a man successfully brought legal action against a clamping company.
According to the Portsmouth News, Allan Acheson was clamped and handed a fine of £125 when he parked up at a takeaway in Havant, in February 2008.
However, Mr Acheson decided to take the firm responsible, BSG Security, to the small claims court on the grounds he was clamped illegally.
The 48-year-old said that there wasn't a warning sign at the car park entrance on the day he visited it, claiming it was installed the day after.
Unable to prove that there was signage at the entrance, BSG lost to Mr Acheson, the newspaper reported.
Helen Fernandez, a spokeswoman for district judge Jolly, told the newspaper: "It was ruled there was inadequate signage and the defence could not provide evidence of signs being present on the day in question."
The firm's director, Andy Hawley, told the newspaper the ruling could set a "precedent" for the country.
"We have proof we had the sign there from February 20 because Mr Acheson has provided a photo of it. But we can't prove it was there before," he added.
Earlier this month, it was reported that signage was at the heart of a struggle between clampers and motorists in central London.
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