A motorist suffers a relapse after being fined for parking the wrong number plate.
Carl Wilding, 39, from Swanwick, Hampshire, went for a birthday party in downtown Nottingham on February 11.
The partner’s driver, surveyor attempted to pay to park on Wollaton Road at around 7.45pm using the Ringo app.
But he voluntarily went to register his own car, resulting in a fine.
I said NottinghamshireLive: “My check-in details were automatically stored in the app, which was an honest mistake but I paid £7.40 for the parking ticket.
“When I got back, I had my parking ticket and I realized what I did, I wasn’t too happy.”
Mr Wilding attempted to appeal his £25 parking fine, but this was denied.
“As happened in this case, motorists can contact the parking operator to explain the error and request a review of the fine – the relevant contact details are always listed on Parking fee notice.
“However, as RingGo is unable to issue PCNs, we are unable to assist with the appeals process – this needs to be resolved between the driver and the operator.”
He added: “It was a punishment for me for a simple mistake, I happily accept the fine if I don’t pay for parking, it feels so unfair.
“I can prove that I paid to park and I’m a bit annoyed to be honest.
“I told them now that I won’t be visiting Nottingham as often.”
The parking error would have set him back £25 if he paid within 14 days, but Carl feels that he – and other drivers – are being unfairly fined.
He said: “I’m just really disappointed that they’ve upheld that, it’s not fair and we’re being penalized.
“I want to make people aware and just mindful.
“I am really disappointed.”
Hugh Bladon, a founding member of the British Drivers’ Union, described the situation as “absurd”.
He said: “The fact that it was by mistake and he registered wrongly, anyone with common sense would say that was fair enough and penalize him.
“It’s an honest mistake and we all do it, we make mistakes. We’re human.
“It’s quite absurd and unfair.
“Drivers are an easy target for more money, it makes life more uncomfortable and more expensive.”
A City Council spokesperson said: “RingGo app users are required to confirm their details prior to paying for a parking session, and if the details entered do not match a parked vehicle, Sorry the payment is not valid.
“Mr Wilding may elect to pay the penalty fee notice at a reduced rate of £25 until 8 March, but the option of appeal is still open to him. He can wait for Notice to Owner to bring formal representation against the PCN and, if it is continued at that time, he has the opportunity to take it to Traffic Fines Court.
“In terms of evening fines, Nottingham is a vibrant city with a busy night-time economy and so ensuring free traffic within the city remains essential after 6pm.”
A RingGo spokesperson said: “When paying for parking via any mobile app, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that their vehicle registration number is entered correctly.
“Mistakes happen, so RingGo asks users to reconfirm details and provides an extension for drivers to correct their registration details once they’ve paid for parking. Wrong details are entered. and drivers fail to correct them, it is their responsibility to receive a parking fine notice (PCN).
“If this happens, the PCN will only be issued by the parking operator – in this case, the city of Nottingham’s car park enforcement team. A cashless parking payment provider. face like RingGo can’t release or reverse PCN.”
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