A bloke has been hit with more than £2,000 in parking fines for parking in his own driveway.
The unnamed motorist, who lives in Coventry, says he racked up thousands of pounds in fines - as well as 'mounds of threatening letters' - in less than three years.
The man told Coventry Live he rents from a private landlord and pays extra for the parking spot.
He says he first encountered problems when he flogged his car but forgot to take out the parking permit inside.
He rang up Mainstay Residential to get another one but was told there were no permits available and an exemption would be put in place.
However, UK Parking Control (UKPC) didn't take the exemption into consideration and the poor fella began to be whacked with fines.
Then, when he later sold the second car, the whole thing happened again.
Things got even worse when UKPC lost the contract and it was taken over by another company called Parking Control Management.
He told Coventry Live: "I kept my permit on display, but nobody sent me a letter saying I needed to update it with the new company and I got seven fines in like three days.
"I tried telling them about it, but they said they were sending the matter to their solicitors to deal with - even though they didn't tell me I needed a new permit."
By now, the man was being chased for more than £1,000 from each company.
Slamming the companies involved, the man told the news outlet: "It just felt parasitic that they were just abusing me. Essentially, bullying me.
"I got to the point where I was actually feeling really distressed about this.
"You know, I was literally so stressed about this whole thing because there was mounds of letters, demanding that I paid money, threatening that they were going to come around the house type thing.
"There was absolutely no legal basis to it saying they're going to take me to court. So yeah, I just felt really stressed, really hopeless, it felt ridiculous."
A spokesperson for the property management company told Coventry Live that the fines have now been scrapped and apologised for the mix-up.
The spokesperson said: "We understand that parking charges issued were in error, and we are sorry for any distress caused by this misunderstanding.
"We have been in discussion with our parking control provider to resolve this and we are pleased to have been able to confirm that all charges have now been rescinded."
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