Martin Lewis explains council and private company parking fines
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Paul Adams, a 55-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent was issued the parking fine after stopping in a car park in the coastal town of St Ives. He visited during the October half term and paid the £8.50 charge for a ticket.
However, he later received a notice for a £60 fine for the time he spent trying to find a car park space and for buying a ticket.
He had to wait 14 minutes to get a space in the car park and he spent another 10 minutes at the ticket machine.
Mr Adams said other visitors needed to “know the risk” they faced when heading on holiday.
He said: “We visit St Ives regularly and use the car park and haven’t had an issue in 30 years.
“I feel it needs to be publicised.
“Everyone using that car park needs to know the risk they take.
“That is over and above what you would normally accept as being reasonable.”
He added: “I find the fact they charged us £60 because we were waiting for a space very unfair when we also paid a day’s parking.
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Mr Adams received the notice from Armtrac Security Services Ltd, the parking firm in charge.
He did try to appeal the fine but this was denied by the firm who claimed the notice was “correctly issued”.
They claimed the vehicle had “no valid cashless season or valid ticket” for the 24 minutes while he was in the car park.
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