Fined de­spite bro­ken ma­chines

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

An 84-year-old woman has been fined £100 for not hav­ing a pay-and-dis­play ticket – even though both pay points were out of or­der.

Au­drey Wilkinson parked at The Fore­mans Cen­tre, High Street, Head­corn, only to find she was un­able to pay the £1.50 for an hour-and-a-half stay.

She said a num­ber of other peo­ple at the 141-space site were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the same is­sue.

Mrs Wilkinson left a note on her dash­board, but 15 min­utes later was given the penalty by a UK Park­ing Ser­vices of­fi­cial.

She said: “I tried to put my money in the ma­chine. It would not take it so I tried the other one but the same thing hap­pened.

“I put the note in my win­dow and 15 min­utes later had been done for £100. I did ap­peal but they re­jected it. I thought ‘by the time we sort this out I won’t be able to pay the re­duced rate (of £60) any­more,’ so I paid it but it made me very cross. There were lots of other peo­ple there so I’m sure it hap­pened to oth­ers. It’s just not on.”

UK Park­ing Ser­vices had not re­sponded by the time of go­ing to press.

Mrs Wilkinson with her fine

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