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My husband was issued with a ticket in Hartlepool a couple of months ago. It wasn’t him that was driving the car it was me. We came down from Scotland as my husband had a job At the docks, so I went to find somewhere to get a coffee. I parked at the mariner where there were an abundance of spaces, spotted the payment machine but I had no coins, it didn’t accept cards and I couldn’t download the app. I did noticed on the sign that the first 1/2 hr was free parking. So i got my coffee and headed back to the car, completely forgetting about the 1/2 hr free parking. I sat in my car till it was time to collect my husband from work As id nowhere else to go. Id been there for maybe 2 hours. 
A few weeks later he received a fine and photographs of me driving in and out of the carpark. It doesnt show my face just my arms. Can i ignore this notice or should i contact them with my reasons and offer to pay a day rate. I missed the £60 fine and have been issued another letter with £100. Both amounts in my opinion are excessive especially as I was sat in the car.  

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  • Hasbeen
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    Bazzcat said:
    My husband was issued with a ticket in Hartlepool a couple of months ago. It wasn’t him that was driving the car it was me. We came down from Scotland as my husband had a job At the docks, so I went to find somewhere to get a coffee. I parked at the mariner where there were an abundance of spaces, spotted the payment machine but I had no coins, it didn’t accept cards and I couldn’t download the app. I did noticed on the sign that the first 1/2 hr was free parking. So i got my coffee and headed back to the car, completely forgetting about the 1/2 hr free parking. I sat in my car till it was time to collect my husband from work As id nowhere else to go. Id been there for maybe 2 hours. 
    A few weeks later he received a fine and photographs of me driving in and out of the carpark. It doesnt show my face just my arms. Can i ignore this notice or should i contact them with my reasons and offer to pay a day rate. I missed the £60 fine and have been issued another letter with £100. Both amounts in my opinion are excessive especially as I was sat in the car.  
    Perhaps posting in the Parking forum rather than in spotted a local money saving bargain forum  would get more replies?
    The world is not ruined by the wickedness of the wicked, but by the weakness of the good. Napoleon
  • Bazzcat
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    Ive just registered so not familiar with the site. Thanks
  • Lizmon
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    I got a parking ticket in shopping centre in disabled bay it was because the badge moved with the wind as I was helping my brother out car as he s disabled as it was I never pd it was 80pd and a private company got a few letters never bothered or no way did I get in touch that was 2 and a half years ago then I got a letter on thu saying they r going to put it over to debt recovery and its now 150pd and this may go to court I heard Scottish law is different and they can't do that here. 
  • Hasbeen
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    Perhaps looking at the posts above would help.
    The world is not ruined by the wickedness of the wicked, but by the weakness of the good. Napoleon
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