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Driver leaving site
in Parking tickets, fines & parking
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About 5 years ago I parked at the local supermarket to drop my child at the station and pick up some shopping, as I had done for many years before. It's quicker to use another car park when just going to the station, but it seemed stupid to drive to the station car park and then to the supermarket, I walked them to the station, which is the other side of the fence to the car park and returned about 5 minutes later only to find a charge notice. After failing to find the person who did this, I went to the shop and left about 15 minutes later. I wrote this in the letter back to the court, as I hadn't come across this page, and their lawyers are saying they want to pursue the claim. I have had no dealings with the car park owner, and just had a series of letters about it from various organisations over several years, now ending up with DCB legal.
Have I shafted myself?
Have I shafted myself?
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The signs they have were a wall of text about 8ft up, and some months later they changed them to highlight phrases like the one about leaving. They also have no sign in the one place anyone would walk if leaving the car park towards the town.
My defence was based around signage (wall of text - later updated with hi-vis highlights - and none on the exit leading towards the town centre) and time in a less than half-full car park.
You won't need to put your shoes and coat on to go and have a look as I can tell you now they wont have. They never do.....
The saving grace is that you can do a better WS & evidence later on, with evidence of the unclear signs, and maybe DCBLegal will discontinue because they are very shy of hearings. It seems to be a numbers game to them and even cases they should win they still discontinue when they see a decent WS bundle.
And in future, don't use car parks like that to drop off a passenger again. You can always stop on street for that; even in a bay or on a single or double yellow.
This is what double yellow lines are actually for...astonishes me that most drivers don't know.
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