July 3, 2022

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'It's money-grabbing': Pensioner fined £100 after parking for simply 85 seconds – ‘Vicious'

Michael Elliott, 70, was caught by Automated Quantity Plate Recognition (ANPR) in a small, off-road lot exterior his native One Cease store in Newhaven, East Sussex. He left his automotive with its bonnet going through the kerb exterior the row of retailers within the automotive park, which primarily consists of personal parking bays.

The retired motor mechanic obtained a hard and fast penalty discover from a personal agency within the publish.

He stated he appealed the positive, however was unsuccessful, nevertheless is undeterred and plans to battle additional.

The discover, which he has not paid, says he parked with out permission from 9:55:44 to 9:57:09 on March 8 this yr.

Mr Elliott stated: ‘I really feel as sick as a parrot to have been fined for 85 seconds. 

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The attraction was rejected, as he claims he needed to reply inside seven days then instructed he must wait as much as 35 days for a reply.

He stated for the sake of 85 seconds, he would see the corporate in court docket.

The motorist, from Newhaven, entered the store along with his automotive going through the shop within the automotive park, which has round 20 bays.

Indicators state that it’s non-public land and parking restrictions apply, with CCTV cameras in operation.

That is how the parking administration firm offered photographic proof of Mr Elliott’s go to.

He claims that the entry highway by way of the automotive park to the retailers can’t be categorised as non-public land.

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He stated he did not have a parking allow however stated he did not want one as a result of he was on a public highway in a public automotive park, not in a bay.

Mr Elliott continued, saying: “The parking bays might be non-public, however the precise driveway can by no means be non-public as a result of it gives entry to the retailers. A police officer I do know has stated it makes no distinction.

“Should you drove in there, blocked one other automotive in and went and did your procuring, it could then develop into a legal offence.

“Additionally, if you happen to have a look at their directions you should park in a customer parking bay, however there have been no markings close to the place I used to be parked exhibiting the place the customer parking bays are. I did block in a parked automotive however it was in my sight always, I used to be solely contained in the store for about 20 seconds.”

He can’t attraction any additional to the corporate, so has gone to an ombudsman, who he stated he’s already in contact with.

Specific.co.uk have contacted One Cease for a remark.