The drivers MUST have been there – you’re walking back to your car and notice a yellow parking ticket taped to the windshield.
But one person was hit with a hefty fine for a little-known rule around supermarket parking.
A driver told Guardians how they parked their car at the Lidl supermarket and a week later they found out they had been fined £90.
The driver, writing under the initials TG, said they charged the electric vehicle for an hour on Sunday morning before the store opened.
They paid £10 to use the EV fast charging point and left just after 9am, before the store opened.
However, the fine said that the driver failed to register their number plate in the supermarket, which was closed at the time.
The penalty will be reduced to £45 if paid in time.
They say customers must get an authentic parking ticket at the store to prove they are using the store and not just the parking lot.
Lidl told the Guardian that the same rules apply to people using fast chargers.
However, the customer insisted that there was no sign of this effect and asked for the penalty to be canceled.
Company Parking eye allegedly told the driver they could appeal the fine but would most likely lose.
Lidl says the parking confirmation system is used at a small number of locations and requires customers to scan their receipts at the store to confirm their parking.
It says signage is prominently displayed in parking lots outlining terms and conditions, and customers using EV chargers will be prompted by an app to check them.
It confirmed the customer’s parking fine was cancelled.
So let’s see when should you appeal a parking ticket and how to do it?
When can you appeal a parking ticket?
As a car driver, if you feel you have been wrongly fined, you have the right to appeal.
There are valid reasons why you should appeal if the ticket appears unfair.
For example, if the signs are not seen or there is wrong information.
More than half of drivers have won claim tickets from local councils, An investigation by The Sun is found.
Contact the person who issued the original parking fine and explain your situation – you can do this by phone, email or post.
If you think you’ve been wrongly charged, pause paying the fine but check how long you have to challenge the ticket.
To back up your appeal, make sure you have evidence to support your case.
This may include photographs that may show parking signs that are not visible or provide clear information.
If you lose your parking claim make sure you pay the fine as costs will continue to rise.
Many ticket companies give you 28 days to pay the parking fine before it goes up, and in some places the fine goes down if you pay within 14 days.
If you do not pay the penalty fee within 28 days, you will receive a “fee certificate” and will have 14 days to pay the penalty and 5% more.
This can become a court order if you don’t pay.
Elsewhere, we look at how a driver is fined for parking on the yellow double road after his truck was stolen.
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