Motorist angered by fine issued 30 seconds after parking
MOTORIST Andrew Oxley says he is prepared to go to court after refusing to pay a £75 penalty charge issued just 30 seconds after he parked his car.
The 29-year-old barman said he was on his way to the ticket machine when he was issued with the demand at Exeter’s Central station.
The Echo has highlighted a string of cases where motorists claim attendants from a private parking company are too quick to issue penalty notices at the station.
Mr Oxley said he drove his car into a space and headed for a vending machine to buy a parking ticket.
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But to his shock and anger he saw a parking attendant taking a photograph of his car and was issued with an initial demand for £75.
He was warned by enforcers Premier Parking Solutions (PPS) that the charge would increase to £100 if it was not paid within seven days.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Mr Oxley, from Pennsylvania in Exeter.
“I pulled up outside the front of the station and made my way to the ticket machine.
“But then a woman parking attendant appeared and took a photograph of my car. I was away from my vehicle for 30 seconds.
“I’m refusing to pay the £100. The company can take me to court. The only thing I can say is that I must be the only driver in Exeter to be done for parking for leaving his car for a matter of seconds.
“I’ve worked it out that PPS are demanding £3 per second.”
He added: “I’m so angry and annoyed. As for paying, I’m refusing. I appealed to PPS but nothing has happened. I’m prepared to go to court.”
Mr Oxley said he was seeking legal advice, and added: “I have been told I don’t have to pay. This is not a fine, but a parking charge. But other people in the city have faced the same as me.”
The 37-year-old father of two said he was charged for leaving his car for four minutes. He said: “They were obviously watching me. I was getting a ticket from the parking machine. It cost me £18.75 per minute.”
The British Parking Association told him it regarded the treatment as “massively unreasonable”.
Exeter City Council has previously enquired about adopting the station site from Network Rail so that its own staff can patrol it following a string of complaints from drivers.
No one from PPS was available for comment.But the company has previously said its enforcement is lawful and within its governing body’s guidelines.