Driver calls on Epsom Council to change parking tickets and stop “harassing” motorists

Rainbow Centre car park in East Street, Epsom

Rainbow Centre car park in East Street, Epsom

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A frustrated driver is calling on the council to stop “harassing” motorists with unwarranted fines and provide adhesive parking tickets.

Roy Gilbert, of Stoneleigh, was handed a penalty notice when the ticket he had bought and displayed in his car blew over as he shut its door in Epsom's Rainbow Centre car park.

Although Epsom Council, which owns the car park, did not contest his appeal against the notice, Mr Gilbert was outraged that he had been given the fine in the first place and submitted a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to the council.

It revealed that 18 parking tickets a week had been issued in the car park to drivers for parking "without clearly displaying a valid pay and display ticket" between November 13 last year and July 4.

The pensioner believes the council should be providing tickets with an adhesive backing to stop such penalty notices being issued.

He said: "In many cases, the ticket doesn't stay there and the council pursues its ratepayers for fines ranging from £25 to £75 when in fact the ratepayer is not at fault.

"It’s the tickets which are at fault, they have no means of fixing them properly to the dashboard.

"Join me in asking Epsom and Ewell to change their parking tickets so innocent residents are not harassed by the council for parking fines they don't deserve.

"I wonder how many residents pay the £25 discounted rate so as not to be harassed by the council anymore?"

An Epsom Council spokesman said 2,000 cars use the car park every week and under one per cent of drivers receive an enforcement notice for not displaying a valid ticket.

He said: "For the vast majority of drivers, this is not a major issue. Some drivers object to the sticky residue left from stick-on tickets.

"In this case, the driver appealed as he had purchased a ticket and, even though - as he admitted - the ticket was not on display, the fine was waived and no fine was paid.

"It is difficult to understand how this could be deemed harassment."

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2:28pm Tue 29 Jul 14

mr-bjp says...

ANY parking ticket that is issued is a form of harassment.
ANY parking ticket that is issued is a form of harassment. mr-bjp
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4:27pm Tue 29 Jul 14

El Hacko says...

For heaven's sake, how is this harassment? He won his appeal. An example of true harassment could be: being clamped and charged £150 for release. May I suggest this retired gentleman clearly with too much spare time, finds something more useful to do; such as - find out when will Waitrose move to the other end of Epsom and how long will it be before Aldi or Lidl open on the former dairy site in Alexandra Road?
For heaven's sake, how is this harassment? He won his appeal. An example of true harassment could be: being clamped and charged £150 for release. May I suggest this retired gentleman clearly with too much spare time, finds something more useful to do; such as - find out when will Waitrose move to the other end of Epsom and how long will it be before Aldi or Lidl open on the former dairy site in Alexandra Road? El Hacko
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8:27pm Tue 29 Jul 14

becstar77 says...

This happened to me too!! I submitted the ticket once and the fine was waived, but the other time it had blown down the front of my dashboard and I couldn't retrieve it. It's upsetting to get a ticket, especially when it's undeserved (as every ticket - all 4!!! - issued to me in Epsom has been) and worry about how you're going to pay it.

I support this gentleman's plea for adhesive tickets, and also suggest timed exits rather than Pay & Display, as you don't always know how long you're going to be.
This happened to me too!! I submitted the ticket once and the fine was waived, but the other time it had blown down the front of my dashboard and I couldn't retrieve it. It's upsetting to get a ticket, especially when it's undeserved (as every ticket - all 4!!! - issued to me in Epsom has been) and worry about how you're going to pay it. I support this gentleman's plea for adhesive tickets, and also suggest timed exits rather than Pay & Display, as you don't always know how long you're going to be. becstar77
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4:23pm Wed 30 Jul 14

BoobSMcGee says...

This happened to us in Essex. We were told to wait for a period of time, before we were able to appeal. We were in receipt of the ticket, however, as we closed the door, it had blown into the footwell. During this time, the Council underhandedly sent the fine to the leasing agent of our car, who paid it immediately, and then charged us the cost AND the admin charge for dealing with it. Shocking behavior on the part of Essex Country Council, as they were well ware we were going to appeal within our time frame. Thieving bar stewards
This happened to us in Essex. We were told to wait for a period of time, before we were able to appeal. We were in receipt of the ticket, however, as we closed the door, it had blown into the footwell. During this time, the Council underhandedly sent the fine to the leasing agent of our car, who paid it immediately, and then charged us the cost AND the admin charge for dealing with it. Shocking behavior on the part of Essex Country Council, as they were well ware we were going to appeal within our time frame. Thieving bar stewards BoobSMcGee
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