Rip-off charge to pay park­ing fine

Sunday Mirror - - SAIRAKHAN - By STEPHEN HAY­WARD

GREEDY park­ing firms are hit­ting mo­torists with pay­ment “pro­cess­ing” fees on top of rip-off fines.

The ex­tra charges are im­posed on driv­ers al­ready forced to pay penal­ties of up to £85 for stay­ing too long in pri­vate car parks.

Euro Car Parks, whose clients in­clude hos­pi­tals and su­per­mar­kets, charges £1.50 to pay on­line and £2.50 to han­dle a cheque.

CP Plus adds a £1.50 “trans­ac­tion fee”. Park­ing Eye charges for us­ing a credit card. Mar­tyn James, of con­sumer web­site Re­solver, said it was un­fair driv­ers had to “pay for the priv­i­lege” of set­tling a fine.

He added: “It’s time to end this rip-off cul­ture.”

The Bri­tish Park­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, which rep­re­sents the in­dus­try, said: “Some ap­proved op­er­a­tors do ap­ply a sur­charge, but the amounts can vary, and oth­ers do not ap­ply a sur­charge at all.”

UN­FAIR Euro Car Parks

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