A woman has been left furious after being accused of being in a car park for 21 hours before being fined £60.
Ann Blower, 51, was fined after a camera blind spot allegedly failed to notice her leaving a Wolstanton retail park.
The driver who received the fine in the post claimed she had left her car in the Wolstanton retail park parking lot for more than 21 hours, Stoke report on Trent Live.
Ann claims that the cameras failed to capture her leaving the parking lot on Sunday, February 6, or even entering the next day, February 7.
“I was on my way to pick up my daughter from her father’s house in Talke,” said the retail employee.
“Given the current road work situation, I chose to go to the Asda gas station in Wolstanton before picking her up because I couldn’t go back.
“I turned up at the entrance, where the gas station was.
“When you come out of the gas station by the cafe, you can’t drive into the parking lot past it so I don’t think there are cameras. So if someone passes by a coffee shop or gas station, they won’t leave.
“On Monday (February 7), I arrived in Asda Wolstanton around 2:30pm. I went a little further to the entrance between Asda and B&M.
“The second image on the penalty letter showing me leaving at 2.58pm is correct. But why doesn’t it pick me up when I enter the parking lot?
“They caught me entering on Sunday and leaving on Monday. They said I was there for 21 hours, 41 minutes”.
Ann is adamant that she will not pay the fine and wants it to be completely revoked.
She added: “I was completely shocked and it also took me by surprise. Then I thought how ridiculous, how can you spend more than 21 hours in the parking lot from a Sunday evening when the shops are closed.
“It makes me feel nauseous. They don’t have the full truth. Why can’t I see on Monday? I annoyed.
“I called the number to appeal but when you finally get through and you hit to appeal it says you can’t answer the phone and you have to go to the website. I finally figured it out and filled out an appeal. “
Ann also criticized the lengthy process to dispute a fine, believing that the lengthy waiting period was unnecessary.
“I received an email saying the charges will be withheld until my appeal is reviewed and they will respond within 35 days.
“It made me think they were trying to get out so they could get out of it and force me to pay. Seems like a long time to wait to pay the fine.
“I certainly won’t pay the fine because I know I haven’t been there that long. They need to recover the fine because I know it’s not true.”
Parking is operated by UK Parking Control Ltd (UKPC) who cover more than 1,700 locations across England, Wales and Scotland.
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