Mum Issued 'Britain's Harshest Parking Ticket' For Being Inches Over Line
The whole body of her car is in the bay, and if she'd have straightened her wheels we wouldn't be talking about it, but when the teaching assistant from Teignmouth in Devon returned to her car, she had a Fixed Penalty Notice stuck on the front of it.
Naturally, she took a load of pictures of it, then shared them to Facebook, calling the decision to fine her 'crazy' and some have called it 'the harshest parking ticket ever'.
The 35-year-old explained: "It is tricky to park there and the wheel has gone just about an inch over the line. If you get down on the floor then one edge of the tyre is slightly over, but the entire body of the car is within the bay.
"It just seems so ridiculous and very petty. It feels incredibly unfair."
The mum-of-four was out with her children and partner Karl Linnell in Cockington when she was issued the fine at around 2.15pm on Sunday 16 August.
She continued: "We went to Cockington for a walk with our twins and parked in the main car park right in the village.
"We managed to squeeze into a corner. When we got back we could not work out why we had got the ticket. We thought it must have been a mistake.
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"I opened it up and read through and it is said we had not been within the parked bays. I looked around and could not believe it."
Rebecca reckons the ticket must have been issued minutes after they arrived at the car park, and has since appealed the decision, but Torbay Council have yet to respond to her.
She added: "We were going to go on and have a pub lunch but decided not to and went home. We have now contested it and are waiting for the outcome.
"It's an expensive ticket and when we shared it on Facebook other people were shocked and said we needed to fight it.
"I would like to find the warden and ask what was going through their mind. Did they genuinely think it was a fair ticket to issue.
"If one of our wheels was entirely over the line then I could understand it, but this was only about an inch. It is really, really petty."
A Torbay Council spokesperson said: "When we receive a challenge to a penalty charge notice we need to investigate it fully, and therefore it would not be appropriate for us to comment further on the case at this stage."
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