Fury at pay and display parking fine
IT was a case of pay, display and pay again for shopper Sarah Kindred after she fell foul of strict rules on where to stick her parking ticket.The B&B landlady, of Cransford, near Framlingham, was fined after displaying the ticket in a rear window of her car – meaning it was not clearly visible "through the windscreen" as the rules dictate.
IT was a case of pay, display and pay again for shopper Sarah Kindred after she fell foul of strict rules on where to stick her parking ticket.
The B&B landlady, of Cransford, near Framlingham, was fined after displaying the ticket in a rear window of her car - meaning it was not clearly visible "through the windscreen" as the rules dictate.
She spoke of her anger at the £20 fine last night and urged other people not to fall victim to the same problem.
She recalled: "I purchased a two-hour ticket, opened the rear door to take out my shopping bag, and placed the ticket in the window."
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She was shocked when she returned to her vehicle at an Ipswich Borough Council car park in William Street about an hour and three-quarters later and found she had been booked.
"I checked my car, found the ticket still firmly fixed and clearly visible," she said.
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When Mrs Kindred returned home, she sent a letter to the borough council with the ticket - expecting that to resolve the matter.
But she had not bargained with the borough council's strict rules on displaying parking tickets. It insisted that the charge was issued correctly, and it was her responsibility to ensure the ticket was clearly displayed through the windscreen.
"I don't remember seeing any instruction to do so in the car park or any warning of the consequences if you fail to do so," said the farmer's wife and mother-of-four.
The attendants had even taken two photographs of her car to prove the ticket was not visible in the windscreen, she said.
She paid the £20 fine in order to avoid a higher charge for delaying, but she also wrote to the council to express her annoyance.
"I had no idea that I would be liable for a £60 fine for displaying a valid ticket incorrectly. Whatever is the world coming to? Let this be a warning to other car park users not to make the same innocent mistake," she said.
A farming neighbour, of Rendham, near Framlingham, also hit out at the rules.
Dairy farmer Colette Strachan said her son, George, had also fallen foul of parking regulations earlier this year after accidentally displaying his ticket upside down.
He and his brother had parked up at a car park by the bridge near Ipswich Station as they hurried to get on a train in time. He was also fined.
"I do feel he was hard done by," his mother said. "It was a simple mistake."
An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman said: "We will be looking at these incidences but cannot comment on individual cases."