Father to fight daughter's late night parking ticket
By Herald Express | Thursday, November 15, 2012, 07:00
A FATHER is challenging a parking ticket issued in a deserted car park at midnight.
Paignton student Rebecca Moody parked at the Bridge retail car park at Lowes Bridge, Torquay, while she walked to the neighbouring McDonalds.
Her father, Anthony Moody, (pictured) was stunned when she told him of a £60 fine issued, photos supposedly showing the car parked breaking the rules.
But it was so dark the images were completely black.
Mr Moody said: "I thought it was a prank at first because the pictures showed nothing at all.
"I think the fine amounts to entrapment.
"When it is dark and the car park is deserted with no barriers to get in, how are drivers supposed to know that they can't park there.
"I'll fight this to the end and go to court if I have to."
The car park is operated by private firm Premier Park Ltd.
The family have appealed the fine, which has now risen to £120 and the case has been forwarded to a debt collection agency.
A spokesman for Premier Parking said: "This private road has a number of lampposts in operation which clearly illuminate the entrances and signs to the retail park and the separate McDonalds parking areas.
"The driver of this vehicle, in their appeal, advised they were using the McDonalds, however they were parked in a totally separate area.
"Parking is not allowed in this separate area as there have previously been large gatherings of vehicles outside of retail park store hours, which, in some instances, has led to anti-social behaviour and damage to our clients property.
"We would make the point that this is a well signed area with a clearly defined, well lit approach and entrance, with large retail units on the site and it is unlikely these retail units would be open or appear to be open between 23.55 and 00.26 when the vehicle was parked.
"We would further advise the onus is on the driver of a vehicle to ascertain the parking terms and conditions on any area they are intending to enter or park on whether it be public or private land.
"If they are unable to do this it is always advisable not to park."