Driver fined £100 for parking like this at city car park

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A dad-of-two has shared his frustration about receiving a £100 parking charge notice after taking his children to a play area for the afternoon. Craig Court had parked at Parc Tawe Retail Park in Swansea, a place notorious for handing out fines, while visiting Ninja Warrior Adventure Park on September 6.

A week later, Craig received a letter from the car park’s owners, Eternity Fire and Security Ltd, informing him he had committed a “contravention” and must pay a £100 fine within 28 days, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.

The letter, containing two photos of his vehicle, stated Craig’s Ford Focus was “not parked correctly within the markings of a bay or space”, reports Wales Online.

Craig told how there was a large 4×4 vehicle parked in the opposite space with its rear “sticking out” so he was “unable to park further in” at the time.

Unfortunately, this other vehicle is not shown in the parking firm’s photos.

Initially, he was considering appealing the parking charge notice and took to a Swansea community group on Facebook for advice.

Some motorists said they too had been received parking charge notices from the car park owners and advised Mr Court to pay the fine immediately, so he would only be charged the lower amount, whilse others suggested he should appeal the charge as all four of the vehicle’s wheels are in the parking bay.

“I was considering appealing as my wheels are not fully out of the lines – some people have given some good advice.

“At the end of the day, I was only taking my kids to Ninja Warrior – so using their facilities [the Parc Tawe carpark] – now [I] feel penalised for it.”

Craig has since returned to the car park to re-read the signage. He admits the sign does say that motorists “need to be wholly in the lines”.

“I have paid as I don’t feel an appeal would help in any way, just drag the situation out further.

“I have never been fined there before, I am usually quite strict in where I park and how I park. Turned out to be an expensive day!”

The car park at Parc Tawe Retail Park has got something of a reputation among Swansea residents, due to the number of people who have received parking charge notices there.

Ownership of the car park has changed hands several times, but motorists continue to be stung by the strict parking rules, according to Wales Online.

Asked what his advice is for anyone parking at Parc Tawe, Craig said he would advise motorists to be wary of the rules and to allow plenty of time to return to their vehicles after visiting nearby businesses.

“I paid on time [so I’d only have to pay the lower amount]. I would say: be extremely cautious parking there; ensure to leave plenty of time when leaving as there is only one exit and two entrances leading to long waiting times in the build up of traffic at peak times.”

Express Online has contacted Eternity Fire and Security Ltd for a comment.

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