Wo­man told to pay £24k in park­ing charges is de­clared bank­rupt

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

A Tay­side wo­man who was or­dered to pay £24,000 in a land­mark park­ing charge court rul­ing has been de­clared bank­rupt.

Carly Mackie, 28, then of Fin­try in Dundee, parked out­side her par­ents’ City Quay home and ig­nored the al­most-daily park­ing tick­ets left on her wind­screen.

She wrongly be­lieved she was en­ti­tled to park her Mini in front of her fam­ily’s garage near their West Vic­to­ria Dock Road home and that the tick­ets were un­en­force­able.

How­ever, pri­vate firm Ve­hi­cle Con­trol Ser­vices took her to court last year when she racked up an £18,500 bill for ig­nor­ing more than 200 penal­ties.

Now, it has emerged Ms Mackie has been de­clared bank­rupt with debts to­talling £37,546.84.

Doc­u­ments lodged with the Ac­coun­tant in Bankruptcy (AIB) show that she has now left Dundee and moved to Pais­ley. She works for air­line Thomas Cook.

Sher­iff Ge­orge Way or­dered Ms Mackie to pay the sum say­ing she had “en­tirely mis­di­rected her­self on both the law and the con­trac­tual chain in this case”.

He said the pur­suers be­lieved she had been en­gaged in a “per­sonal cru­sade” to prove the charges were un­en­force­able.

The sher­iff said in his judg­ment: “She knew per­fectly well what the signs dis­played and that she was park­ing in breach of the con­di­tions.

“She stated (ef­fec­tively a protest po­si­tion) that park­ing charges were il­le­gal and un­en­force­able in Scot­land and that she could park where she liked as her fa­ther’s guest.

“The de­fender is not the ten­ant. The de­fender’s car was an ad­di­tional bur­den on the park­ing fa­cil­i­ties and she was the same as any other in­ter­loper.

“She was of­fered a per­mit by the fac­tors (at a rea­son­able charge I think) but she re­fused on prin­ci­ple.”

Sher­iff Way added: “Park­ing is not only an amenity but a valu­able com­mod­ity in mod­ern life.”

Ms Mackie could not be con­tacted for com­ment.

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