Driver frustrated after being handed 'unfair' £100 parking fine for picking up receipt

Kim Blagden, a taxi driver from Nottinghamshire, entered the car park to leave her passengers at their destination and paid a £4 charge for a “rapid drop-off”. She said she proceeded to the ticket machine while in the vehicle to collect the receipt, which she needs to claim her expenses.

She said she was issued a £60 fine following the incident, which was increased to £100 because it was not paid within 14 days.

Ms Blagden, who previously worked for DG Cars, said the taxi company was dealing with the problem on her behalf.

The initial incident took place on July 12 last year and is still being dealt with by both sides.

A spokesperson for DG cars said: “We can confirm that we re-appealed a number of times and it has been rejected every single time.

“The safety of people visiting East Midlands Airport (EMA) is of paramount importance and controlling the traffic flow across the airport site is key to this. 

“For this reason, airport estate roads are red-routed and ‘no stopping’ signage is clearly visible to discourage drivers from waiting in undesignated parking areas when dropping off and collecting passengers.

“All drivers have a choice of drop-off and pick-up parking at the airport. A fifteen minute stay in rapid drop off costs £5, while 30 minutes in short stay 1 car park is £6. One hour’s free parking can also be had in Long Stay 2.”

A representative for Vehicle Control Services Ltd, which operates the enforcement at the airport, told Nottinghamshire Live: “The management of the roadways at East Midlands Airport is to ensure the safe passage of vehicles around the site and deter vehicles from stopping or parking in areas that would lead to a potential safety hazard to pedestrians and other road users.

“On the 15th July 2020 our mobile CCTV Enforcement vehicle observed Ms Blagden’s vehicle parked in the exit lane to one of the airport parking areas, causing a potential obstruction to other vehicles.

“The captured footage clearly showed the vehicle parked and was in no obvious signs of distress or emergency as its hazard lights were not active, as a result, it was considered the vehicle was stopped in an unsafe manner and was issued a Parking Charge Notice for stopping a vehicle where Stopping is Prohibited.

“Ms Blagden appealed the notice and this was initially declined by ourselves as the footage did not sufficiently support Ms Blagden’s mitigation to the event.

“However, following a further review of additional evidence provided by her to the Independent Appeals Service, we decided to cancel the charge and allow the appeal on the grounds that Ms Blagden did pay for her parking and had a reasonable cause to stop, although we would have advised that in such circumstances it would have been appropriate to have hazard lights on to alert other vehicles of the situation.” have reached Vehicle Control Services Ltd for further comment.

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