Student fined on her first day of driving
A COLLEGE student is the latest motorist to consider court action over an "unjust" parking ticket she received – on her first day of driving.
Carliste Trayler-Clarke, 17, was attending classes at Exeter College when, in a rush, she said she slammed the car door and said her ticket must have turned upside down.
Despite returning to the Isca Place car park an hour before her ticket expired, she discovered a penalty charge notice from Premier Parking Solutions had been slapped on the windscreen.
She said: "I couldn't believe it. It was the day after I had passed my test and the first time I had ever parked. I was in a rush and slammed the door and the ticket must have blown over.
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"There was still an hour to go until the ticket expired.
"I could understand if I was trying to pull a sly one and not bought a ticket. That would be fair enough, but I wasn't. I had paid for a valid ticket."
Carliste wrote a letter to the company, which has registered offices in Newton Abbot, but her appeal was rejected.
She has now received a letter threatening court action if she does not pay the increased price of £120.
"I was going to college – I was not committing a crime. I am only a college student so I can not afford to pay it.
"I am considering taking the matter to court. It just does not seem right that they can get away with doing this."
Carliste, who lives in Exmouth, is the latest motorist to feel they have been treated unfairly by private parking firms operating in the city.
Hundreds of drivers have contacted the paper in the past few months complaining about their treatment, which led to the creation of The Echo's Fair Fines campaign.
With the support of the British Parking Association and Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw our plea for an independent appeals procedure was proposed as an amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Bill in the House of Commons.
But despite backing from the Labour Party, Conservatives including Central Devon MP Mel Stride and East Devon MP Hugo Swire voted against it and the amendment was defeated.
PPS said they answer to a government-approved body and they only issue fines if people have "contravened our terms and conditions when they have parked".