Mo­torist bills park­ing firm af­ter ap­peal win

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AMO­TORIST who won a bat­tle with a park­ing firm is billing it for his wasted time.

Micky Blair was fu­ri­ous when he was fined while drop­ping his el­derly aunt off at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal in Fe­bru­ary.

The 65-year-old chal­lenged Park­ingEye, the firm paid by East Cheshire NHS Trust to man­age hos­pi­tal park­ing, and the fine was over­ruled by POPLA – the in­de­pen­dent ap­peals ser­vice for park­ing tick­ets.

Now Mr Blair, of Old Hall Street, Mac­cles­field, has turned the ta­bles and ‘billed’ the com­pany for his ‘out of pocket ex­penses’.

In a let­ter, the grandad of seven claims for the cost of pa­per, en­velopes and stamps, print­ing and fuel costs from when he re­vis­ited the hos­pi­tal car park to prove his in­no­cence.

He has also in­voiced the firm for three hours of his time at the rate of £6.50 per hour, the na­tional min­i­mum wage.

In the strongly-worded let­ter, My Blair de­mands his bill for £27.23 is paid by Au­gust 19 or he will take the mat­ter to the county court, mean­ing the firm will in­cur more charges.

He said: “As a re­sult of your orig­i­nal wrong­ful is­su­ing of the said park­ing fine and the as­so­ci­ated threats of ad­di­tional charges, court ac­tions, etc, I had no op­tion other than to chal­lenge your­selves that I was to­tally in­no­cent of any wrong­do­ing and that in fact your­selves had acted wrong­fully.

“As a re­sult of de­fend­ing my­self I in­curred un­nec­es­sary cost in ad­di­tion to end­less nights of non sleep and con­stant worry.

“I think you will find that un­like your­selves whose charges are dis­gust­ingly, im­morally as­tro­nom­i­cal com­pared to the al­leged of­fence, I am quite rea­son­able in that I have only charged you for my time at the Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage hourly rate of £6.50 per hour and have made no charge for loss of sleep and anx­i­ety caused.”

Park­ingEye’s orig­i­nal fine claimed Mr Blair was in the drop-off zone four min­utes longer than the 30-minute limit.

The ap­peal was granted be­cause the signs was un­clear the time of the al­leged in­frac­tion.

Mr Blair said he was tak­ing a stand again Park­ingEye be­cause of the tone of their letters.

He said: “They put you in a cor­ner by only al­low­ing you the dis­counted rate of the fine if you don’t chal­lenge it. It’s un­fair. You have to de­fend your­self again this sort of be­hav­iour.”

A spokesper­son from Park­ingEye said: “Park­ingEye op­er­ates an au­dited ap­peals process and en­cour­ages peo­ple to ap­peal if they feel there are mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stances.

“Park­ingEye does not ac­cept in­voices of this na­ture.”

●● Micky Blair has sent a £27.23 bill to Park­ingEye as rec­om­pense for the cost of fight­ing his fine

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