Car park fines protest rejected

PUBLISHED: 12:21 15 September 2006 | UPDATED: 19:48 01 June 2010

MANAGERS of a Wisbech car park are unrepentant over the penalty payments scheme after more customers have protested after being fined for not displaying parking tickets. Customers have told the Standard they were all issued with an £85 penalty notice at t

MANAGERS of a Wisbech car park are unrepentant over the penalty payments scheme after more customers have protested after being fined for not displaying parking tickets.

Customers have told the Standard they were all issued with an £85 penalty notice at the Horse Fair car park, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days, despite not being able to see the signs or ticket machines.

But centre manager Kevin Smith said: "Signs on the approach to the car park and in the mall inform drivers of these new machines along with instructions on how to obtain a ticket."

One person to get a fine, Bernard Chandler, from Guyhirn, was issued a ticket on August 10. He said: "The main ticket machine on the main entrance was taken away so I assumed that they had taken the machines away.

"There was no clear notification as to where these things were. As they had just moved them you would have thought they would inform you."

But Mr Smith said that on that day 1,568 drivers used the car park and the machines, "which continue to ensure parking at the Horse Fair is as easy and safe as possible for the customer".

A spokesman for Central Ticketing, which enforces the fines, said: "All the signage at this site is more than adequate."

Three new ticket machines have been in operation since June 19, on both the upper and lower levels of the park.

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