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A motorist was ‘disgusted’ after he was fined £60 for parking up for just eight minutes.
Ian Dykes claims that he was fined pretty much half his day’s pay at work for the short infringement at the East Street car park in Nottingham, when he was only parked there for so long because he was trying to pay.
The 63-year-old says that he was simply trying to pay the parking fee and had made four attempt to pay the charge at the time.
He claims, however, the attempts failed when the machine didn’t accept his registration number.
So, he drove off to a nearby multi-storey car park whilst on a job, but then received an unexpected fine later on.
Ian explained: "I work for Dell as an engineer and I was heading for the NG1 to park. There's a cinema by the multi-story car park and I had to go and do a job there to fix a machine.
"There was a car park just close by and I used the number to ring to pay for the parking.
“So I rang it and put my registration number in, then they asked for it again so I put it in again - it asked me about four times for the number.
"It wouldn't accept payment so within the eight minutes I was there I thought it's pointless leaving it here, I'll go and park at the multi-story car park, which I did.
"And then a week later I got a fine for £60 fine for trying to pay for parking!"
As you would, Ian has appealed the fine, even presenting the company with a ticket evidencing the fact that he moved on to another car park less than 10 minutes later, but the parking company are adamant that he has to pay up.
That’s why Ian says the whole thing is ‘disgusting’.
He explained: "That £60 comes out of my daily pay so that's like half my pay for the day.
“They said that the machine was working fine and it just wasn't, it was just looping all the time.
"It was just a nightmare."
Apparently it’s a problem that runs all over the city of Nottingham.
Ian said: "Everywhere you go in NG1 there's a problem with the parking - it's a nightmare trying to get close to the businesses where you're called to work.
"If someone was to come into the city to do some shopping in the city centre, it's a nightmare to park."
LADbible has approached Euro Car Parks for a comment.