17th Jan, 2019

‘Too high’ signs blamed as car driver is hit with a parking fine

Rob George 17th Jan, 2017

AN ANGRY Worcester driver has slammed a parking company for locating its payment signs too high for people to read.

Terry Wardle hit out at Euro Car Parks for being hit with a £75 fine after parking on the Tybridge Retail Park just before Christmas.

The site, which is used by Homebase, McDonald’s and Aldi customers, allows two hours’ worth of free parking before drivers have to pay.

Charges then apply but Mr Wardle said it was impossible for drivers to make a payment with some signs as much as nine feet off the ground.

The 72-year-old received an invoice for payment after running over the allotted two hours by just 18 minutes after breakfast at McDonald’s and shopping in Aldi.

“The car park does, apparently, have notices specifying that there is a two hour limit on free parking, though the signs are installed about nine feet up so I certainly can’t read them,” he said.

“Since I spent the whole time using businesses on the retail park and have the receipts to prove it this fine seems unreasonable to me.

“The signs say you can also pay by phone but I only discovered this by photographing the signs and enlarging them on my computer,” he added.

Mr Wardle said he stopped using the Aldi on Pheasant Street when Euro Car Parks took charge of the car park now and said he would probably do the same following the fine.

“Sadly it’s the businesses which will suffer if this continues, and I’ve asked McDonald’s and Aldi, where I’ve been a regular customer, to support me in opposing this fine,” he said.

“I’m not paying the fine, I cannot read the signs they are too high up!,” he added.

Euro Car Parks had not provided a comment to the Observer at the time of going to press.

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