A pensioner with a DISABILITY says elderly drivers are being discriminated against after she was fined £100 when her free parking allowance was cut by an hour.
Pam Green, 66, from Ashton, Greater Manchester, was fined after visiting her local Robin Retail Park shopping centre.
She has multiple sclerosis and said she had previously had four hours of free parking, but was “stunned” to find she received the fine after returning to her car within the timeframe this after a recent shopping trip.
That’s because little does she know that her free parking fee has been cut to three hours.
She told SWNS Leeds: “As a regular user I haven’t even checked, it’s partly my fault but it’s still being advertised online at 4am, which is misleading.
“Not enough time. I really feel this is discrimination against elderly people who are not as quick as younger shoppers.”
Pam said she was back in the car within four hours of visiting Bensons for Beds, Boots and Burger King.
But because she didn’t know she was now only getting three hours free, she was fined £100.
Pam said she was “very upset” by the fine and suggested that elderly shoppers would not be allowed to go to their local stores if shopping centers began to withdraw parking incentives. free of charge.
“I’m a law-abiding pensioner who feels punished for just going shopping,” she said.
How to claim a parking fine
If, like Pam, you have received a parking fine that you are not satisfied with, you can appeal to try to cancel.
First you need to find out if the parking ticket is coming from the council, or private car parking company – like a supermarket or a shopping mall.
Fines from the council
If it comes from the board, they are known as fixed penalty notices (FPNs) or penalty charge notices (PCNs).
If a Penalty Charge Notice is issued by your local council, unless you have grounds for appealyou should pay.
Here you have broken the law. The penalty is just that – an actual penalty or fine – not just a “charge”.
If you have a compelling or very compelling reason to appeal, the board may, in its sole discretion, decide whether to cancel the notice.
The first step is to lodge a complaint with the panel in writing, along with any witness statements or photographs.
If the board accepts your appeal, your fine will be rescinded and you will pay nothing.
If the board denies your reasons, you will be sent notice. You will then have 28 days to file a formal complaint or fees may increase.
Fines from private companies
If the fine is issued by a private parking company, you need to go to the company that issued the fine, this will be shown on your ticket.
You will need to tell them you are challenging the fine and the reason, show any proof if you have one. According to Popla, this could be:
- Crime reference number if the vehicle is stolen
- Take for example a photo if you think the sign is inappropriate
- For example payment and show voucher, if you say it has been displayed and not expired
- A witness statement
Proof can be photos, videos or scanned documents – remember to keep the original and send copies.
You can take request Popla if the company is part of a trade body known as the British Parking Association (BPA).
If the company is part of the International Parking Community (IPC), you can make a complaint Independent Appeals Service.
If you succeed, you will not have to pay the penalty. If you are unsuccessful, you will be charged and this may include late fees.
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