Euro Car Parks forced to scrap £20,000 of fines
We've spoken about the 10 minutes of grace drivers will be getting with their tickets, and the potential for millions of pounds worth of fines to be repaid for being illegal - now, we're seeing Euro Car Parks getting slapped around!
The parking firm has been forced to ditch £20,000 worth of fines because they doled them out illegally at a supermarket. At the Sainsbury's in Aberdeen, 300 penalties were dished out after drivers were told that they'd breached parking rules.
However, a trading standards investigation found that a lot of the drivers had parked on land which isn't owned by Sainsbury's. Did that stop these asshats from chasing up fines? No chance. Not only that, paperwork sent to motorists by the London-based company also referenced legislation which doesn't exist in Scotland, because the law is different between the two countries.
With that, Euro Car Parks has had to accept all this and promised to refund 64 paid parking charges worth £2,830 and cancel 246 outstanding ones that are worth £17,220.
Aberdeenshire Council’s trading standards department, said: "We would like to take this opportunity to remind all consumers of their rights in relation to parking on private land operated by private parking companies and the subsequent issuing of parking charge notices."
"Full information can be found on our website – it is important to note this advice only applies in the case of private car parks and not to parking tickets issued by local authorities or the police."
The information they refer to can be found here.