Dad hit with £60 parking ticket for making ‘silly mistake’ on family day out

Martin Lewis explains council and private company parking fines

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Scott Corben said he was hit with a £60 parking fine after he accidentally entered the incorrect registration details. He said he did not even realise the error until he found the penalty notice pinned to his windscreen.

He said: “​​I’ve found that it’s really easy to forget to change the registration of your car when paying for parking.

“So this means that you can actually pay for parking for the right length of time and in the right place, but for the wrong car.

“This is what I did recently when I took my daughters to the Plymouth Playhouse to see a play on the day after my daughter was allowed out of isolation following Covid.

“I parked nearby, inputted all the right details but I selected the wrong car on the RingGo app.

“When I got back I found a fine of £60 attached to the windscreen.

“That’s twice what we paid for tickets. It’s also twenty times what I paid to park – albeit in the wrong car.”

He added: “You would think that an operator of parking controls would accept that as just a silly mistake, right?

“I am asking them to be sensible and reasonable.”

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Scott has contacted the Independent Appeals Service (IAS) for assessment.

He believes his penalty has gone against the Secretary of State for Transport’s guidance on penalty charges.

Although he used RingGo to pay for his parking charge, the company is not responsible for the penalty notice.

Instead, Parking Premier Solutions are responsible for the car park located directly outside the Playhouse.

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