While taking his girlfriend to the airport, Brian Winton, 56, pulled up just outside the terminal and the area which has a strict ‘no stopping’ restriction.
However, after receiving a £80 fine through the post Mr. Winton decided to make an appeal, disputing that he had not parked as the letter stated, but merely stopped in a matter of 20 seconds.
The 50 years old’s quibble over the definition of ‘stopping’ and ‘parking’ has paid dividends, as independent adjudicator POPLA has said that the evidence it received from parking firm APCOA was inconclusive.
As a result, it has upheld Mr Winton complaint.
In her decision POPLA assessor Victoria Thackeray said: “In the photographs that have been provided, it is unable to judge that where the appellant’s vehicle was situated and whether it was in the area marked as ‘no stopping’ or not.
As I cannot see any signs by the vehicle or locate it in the photographs in the area, I’m not satisfied it was in the no stopping area and therefore I am not able to conclude that this parking charge was issued correctly.
Mr. Winton from Hemel Hemstead told: “I had not been to the airport before and didn’t realize there was a no stopping area.
I pulled up and my girlfriend got her bags out, I was there for less than 20 seconds. I would have accepted a fine for stopping, but they said that I have parked the vehicle.”
He added: “I sent them the definition in the dictionary and said ‘take me to court’. The picture they had was just showing my number plate, it didn’t even show the airport.”
He said: “I’m sure many others have received fines like this and paid them, hopefully this should open up a loophole for drivers.”
It is clearly wrong to blame anybody when there is no solid proof against him. If the motorist had the intention to park the vehicle, then he should have to arrange cheap Luton airport parking. He was innocent and stopped there for a reason, but did not park there.
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Source: UK News