LEYTON: Parking fine was 'over the top'

A SHOPPER was handed a £45 parking fine after being one minute late back to her car.

Precious Davis said the three-hour time limit at Leyton Mills shopping centre could put shoppers off of going there.

Mrs Davis parked her Land Rover Discovery at the centre on May 21 and went to Asda and Fitness First.

She was with her husband St. Clair and they arrived at 11.46am.

As they left the gym they saw a parking attendant standing at their car.

"We saw the car and the attendant standing by it but we didn't think anything of it," Mrs Davis said.

"Then I saw the ticket. I said 'come on, it's a matter of seconds'."

Mrs Davis, 35, of College Road, Walthamstow, has appealed against the fine but it was not accepted by UK Parking Control Ltd.

She said the fine was "a bit over the top" and she wanted to raise awareness for other shoppers.

"It will just take business away from the shops," Mrs Davis said.

"People come from all over the area to use the shops there but the time restriction makes it difficult to do everything you want."

UKPC has been asked for a comment.

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2:15pm Fri 18 Jun 10

mr rusty says...

For the umpteen millionth time guardian, please GET IT RIGHT, these are NOT fines, they are merely INVOICES, and as such are unenforceable other than through the civil courts under contract law, so just don't pay it and see what happens....and I'll tell you what will happen, nothing. They might send a scarey but toothless letter or two, and that'll be it.
But why do these stories keep appearing under the headline of 'parking fine'.....read and learn Guardian, and please get your facts right: http://www.moneysavi
ngexpert.com/reclaim
/private-parking-tic
kets
For the umpteen millionth time guardian, please GET IT RIGHT, these are NOT fines, they are merely INVOICES, and as such are unenforceable other than through the civil courts under contract law, so just don't pay it and see what happens....and I'll tell you what will happen, nothing. They might send a scarey but toothless letter or two, and that'll be it. But why do these stories keep appearing under the headline of 'parking fine'.....read and learn Guardian, and please get your facts right: http://www.moneysavi ngexpert.com/reclaim /private-parking-tic kets mr rusty
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2:43pm Fri 18 Jun 10

Flaming June says...

Save your blood pressure, mr rusty, it's a shorthand term and commonly understood as such. Much as I applaud your valiant campaign I never succeeded with my efforts against 'ten year anniversary' so I think we may have to accept that this is journalese that we will just have to get used to. Old pedants like us can always console ourselves with 'O tempora o mores'!
Save your blood pressure, mr rusty, it's a shorthand term and commonly understood as such. Much as I applaud your valiant campaign I never succeeded with my efforts against 'ten year anniversary' so I think we may have to accept that this is journalese that we will just have to get used to. Old pedants like us can always console ourselves with 'O tempora o mores'! Flaming June
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3:10pm Fri 18 Jun 10

mr rusty says...

I just find it infuriating that the Guardian does not make the distinction between police and local authority issued tickets, which are one thing and very enforceable indeed, and these private parking company invoices which are anything but parking tickets....the companies who issue them like us to think that they are official parking tickets and it would appear that stories like this perpetuate this and actually aid these companies in basically mugging people. I would like to see a properly researched article, not the shock-value stuff written here.
I got one of these 'tickets' a few years back in Leytonstone tesco, complete with official police looking chequered markings round the edge, and it took me all of 5 minutes research to find out that it was basically unenforceable, so why can't the guardian, or Mrs Davies for that matter, do the same? Come on Guardian, there's a much better and more informative and helpful article just waiting to be written here!!
I just find it infuriating that the Guardian does not make the distinction between police and local authority issued tickets, which are one thing and very enforceable indeed, and these private parking company invoices which are anything but parking tickets....the companies who issue them like us to think that they are official parking tickets and it would appear that stories like this perpetuate this and actually aid these companies in basically mugging people. I would like to see a properly researched article, not the shock-value stuff written here. I got one of these 'tickets' a few years back in Leytonstone tesco, complete with official police looking chequered markings round the edge, and it took me all of 5 minutes research to find out that it was basically unenforceable, so why can't the guardian, or Mrs Davies for that matter, do the same? Come on Guardian, there's a much better and more informative and helpful article just waiting to be written here!! mr rusty
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3:53pm Fri 18 Jun 10

rubberneck says...

Why is she driving to the Gym then exercising? She should walk to the car park and lug her heavy shopping home on foot and save a chunk on gym fees whilst keeping fit.
Why is she driving to the Gym then exercising? She should walk to the car park and lug her heavy shopping home on foot and save a chunk on gym fees whilst keeping fit. rubberneck
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12:38pm Sat 19 Jun 10

Walthamster says...

Great way to encourage people to shop locally. Meanwhile we read of local shops and businesses closing down.

As Mr Rusty says, these 'tickets' aren't issued by the police. It's just private companies trying it on. Why does Waltham Forest council allow these blood-suckers to prey on our struggling shopping centres?
Great way to encourage people to shop locally. Meanwhile we read of local shops and businesses closing down. As Mr Rusty says, these 'tickets' aren't issued by the police. It's just private companies trying it on. Why does Waltham Forest council allow these blood-suckers to prey on our struggling shopping centres? Walthamster
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7:25pm Sat 19 Jun 10

Techno2 says...

Flaming June wrote:
Save your blood pressure, mr rusty, it's a shorthand term and commonly understood as such. Much as I applaud your valiant campaign I never succeeded with my efforts against 'ten year anniversary' so I think we may have to accept that this is journalese that we will just have to get used to. Old pedants like us can always console ourselves with 'O tempora o mores'!
The trouble is, it isn't understood as that at all by many people, especially when at many places the car parking attendants dress up in silly uniforms with peaked caps to try to give themselves the airs and graces of officialdom.
[quote][p][bold]Flaming June[/bold] wrote: Save your blood pressure, mr rusty, it's a shorthand term and commonly understood as such. Much as I applaud your valiant campaign I never succeeded with my efforts against 'ten year anniversary' so I think we may have to accept that this is journalese that we will just have to get used to. Old pedants like us can always console ourselves with 'O tempora o mores'![/p][/quote]The trouble is, it isn't understood as that at all by many people, especially when at many places the car parking attendants dress up in silly uniforms with peaked caps to try to give themselves the airs and graces of officialdom. Techno2
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