FRUSTATED motorists have been fined £100 just for using a car park when the pay machine was told it wasn’t working.
Despite angry drivers leaving notes on their cars explaining that they tried to pay, Claire Lambert remains one of the drivers left behind with notices that the huge parking fee at Halifax Place pays. coins and on display at Lace Market, Nottingham.
The tickets are said to have been issued by the owner of the private land, CPS Midlands Ltd, on Saturday, January 15, as frustrated car owners said they had left their phone numbers on their cars to get tickets. can be contacted for payment.
Claire, 51, an administrative manager from Gedling, Nottinghamshire, was fined £100 for using the car park for only 30 minutes that weekend and is appealing her fine.
“That’s where I usually park my car, close to where I want to go are Marks and Spencer,” says Claire. It’s small and convenient – I use it often.
“I parked my car at 12 o’clock at night and didn’t come back until 12:30 to charge the parking fee.
“I’m sadder because you feel like you’re being cheated. That’s not true.
“Before I went, I looked at all the other bills on the car and thought it must be fine – obviously they were all fined.”
She appealed the notice next Monday and will hear back on whether she will be forced to pay the additional fee.
Claire added: “At the end of the day, they may not admit it but it’s just annoying.
“Hopefully they’ll come back and say sorry. I just want it sorted.”
Carol Denunzio, 59, a retired midwife from Derby, also used the car park to shop in Nottingham that weekend.
Carol said: “We’ve parked there before and never had any problems, it’s convenient, it’s great.
“We parked at 10:30am and the cash register was not in use.
“We wrote a note on the windshield – no one tried to call us, we were shocked.
“I think it really makes sense – I don’t know if we’ll use it in the future. One bite, two shame.”
Drivers can still be affected by a parking fee notice even if there’s no way to pay, but there are some circumstances where the penalty can be waived.
Citizens Advice says that fines can be canceled but only if there is absolutely no other way to pay to park on private property.
They say fines won’t be removed if another machine is operating nearby – so they urge drivers to double check before parking without paying.
It is also recommended that you take pictures as evidence, in case you are left with a hefty fine.
Motorists should take a photo of the broken machine to prove they can’t pay, as this proof may be exactly what you need to successfully appeal your fine.
An investigation by The Sun found that more than half of motorists successfully claimed parking tickets from local councils, in 2020.
After calling the contact details provided at the website, the user was informed that the parking was given to a company called CPS Midlands Ltd. rent.
A spokesperson for CPS Midlands Ltd declined to comment on the incident.
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