A DAD who was slapped with a £273 fine and threatened with court after falling 20p short on a parking ticket insists it was a “genuine mistak
A DAD who was slapped with a £273 fine and threatened with court after falling 20p short on a parking ticket insists it was a “genuine mistake”.
Lee Taylor, 38, was hit with the penalty charge after parking in a private car park in Redcar, Teeside, over the summer before going with his family to a children’s play centre.
Lee Taylor was hit with a £273 fine and threatened with court proceedings over a parking ticket “genuine mistake”[/caption]
They parked at the car park, which is owned by Euro Car Parks and paid £3.30 for what they thought was four hours parking, Teeside Live reports.
But despite leaving the West Dyke Road car park within the time limit a few weeks later they received a £100 fine.
Dad-of-five Lee and his wife Laura discovered they had paid the Monday to Friday price instead of the Saturday price of £3.50.
They contacted Euro Car Parks to appeal and offered to pay the extra 20p.
But Lee, a leakage technician, said they didn’t hear back from the company until a notice arrived to say the fine had been increased as it was unpaid.
Euro Car Parks asks that appeals are made in writing.
Lee said the firm wrote to them again then a few weeks later increased the fine to £273 came and threatened court proceedings.
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Lee told TeessideLive: “I realised I had made a genuine mistake and had paid the Monday to Friday price instead of the Saturday price of £3.50 which meant I was short by 20p.
“I received no change from the machine to indicate we had only paid for three hours.
“There was no way of contacting this company direct and it said to appeal we must do this in writing which we did explaining the mistake and offering to pay what we owed.
“We received no correspondence from Euro Car Parks until a few weeks later when they stated the fine had increased because we hadn’t paid in a certain time.
I realised I had made a genuine mistake and had paid the Monday to Friday price instead of the Saturday price of £3.50 which meant I was short by 20p
“Again we appealed in writing stating we hadn’t received anything back from our appeal.
“Another few weeks passed with nothing then suddenly we received a letter from a debt company telling us the debt had been passed onto them and we must now pay £273 off or face court proceedings.
“We contacted the debt company and they basically said there is no way of appealing this anymore and we either paid it or face court.
“Me and my wife have tried everything to resolve this and we have been totally ignored.”
He added: “I feel this is all a way of these companies exploiting and scaring people into paying these unreasonable fees.
“This has caused us much distress and I would hate it to happen to lots of other people.”
Lee said the family have used the car park before and usually pay for parking by phone bu had paid in cash this time.
Sun Online has contacted Euro Car Parks for comment.
Lee paid £3.30 for the parking ticket in July[/caption]
The family had parked in West Dyke Road car park[/caption]