A driving instructor has been fined £170 for waiting 30 minutes outside a student’s home before a lesson – and now he’s furious.
Ken Spink thought he was leaving home early to avoid traffic on October 8 last year.
He knew there was road work going on around Ipswich and wanted to be with his student on time for class.
The streets were empty and Ken arrived early at the Winerack flats on Regatta Quay and decided to wait half an hour for his student.
Unbeknownst to him, his 30 minute stay “exceeds picking up or dropping off a student” offered by Total Car Parks and on October 15 Ken was fined £100 with an offer to raise it to £60 to reduce if he paid within 14 days.
Ken said, “I went into the parking lot and waited for my student, then gave a quick overview of what we would be doing in this lesson, and exited the parking lot while she drove the car.
“When I received the fine letter, I contacted Total Car Parks to explain the situation and appeal the charges, but it was denied.
“I contacted my student to tell her what had happened and to inquire who the manager was so I could call and explain that I was there for a legitimate purpose, to help a student driver who was a local resident to meet for her driving lesson.
“I did not enter the area for any reason other than to pick up my student and at no time did I exit the car other than to switch seats so my student could drive.”
Tom Bartless, senior property manager at EWS Property Management, which manages The Winerack, said the company put in place a 15-minute “grace period” to allow deliveries and visitors, which has been abused.
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“We suffered from delivery drivers parked in our parking lot and doing all their deliveries around the coast,” he said.
“Sometimes it could take hours for them to come back.
“It is also possible for local residents to tell the administration that someone is coming to visit and we can add that registration to the list of approved vehicles for that day.
“We think 15 minutes is reasonable; it shouldn’t take longer to pick up or drop off.”
Ken, who says he’s in a “no-win situation,” claims his student had no idea about the parking restrictions.
Winerack management sent Ken a letter offering as a gesture of goodwill to waive the charges five days after the fine was imposed.
A second letter was sent in December saying Ken owed Total Car Parks £170.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8550745/driving-instructor-fined-170-waiting-for-student/ I am a driving instructor and was fined £170 for waiting 30 minutes outside my pupil’s house before class