A woman from Huddersfield has been hit with a £185 parking ticket – because she overstayed her parking time by just two seconds… in a free car park.
Liz Taylor, 33, had parked her Skoda Citigo at the Castlegate Retail Car Park in Huddersfield while she went to do some shopping with her two-year old son.
The car park operates a photographic number plate recognition system and allows customers to stay for up to 90 minutes without having to pay.
There are notices around the car park stating that there is a parking charge of £85 due for failure to comply with the terms & conditions.
Taylor, who works as a pharmacy technician, confirmed to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner that she received a letter confirming the penalty charge about a week after her visit.
“I got a letter from ParkingEye Ltd demanding £85 discounted to £50 if I paid within 14 days.
New legislation means motorists are allowed a 10-minute period of grace on top of the permitted two hours. So this meant I was just two seconds over.
“I just don’t think it’s fair especially as I made every effort to get back and out of the car park on time. And how do you know that their cameras are accurate to two seconds?”
Loaded digital reporter Oli Palmer has been writing about film/TV since 2013. Follow Oli on Twitter at @olipalmer