A driver has told how he was hit with a £100 fine after parking just three inches over a bay which he claims was blocked off by a huge pillar.
Damian Maj says he was stunned after receiving the penalty after leaving his Mazda at Allison Street car park in the city centre, owned by Hockley based Premier Parking Logistics.
The maintenance engineer said he paid £2.20 for a ticket after visiting Birmingham for a day out with wife Agata and 18 month-old son Victor on August 1.
He admitted he parked slightly over a bay which he didn’t think could be used by another vehicle because of a huge pillar at the front of it – yet Premier Parking Logistics insists the bay IS used by drivers.
Mr Maj, from Crick, near Rugby, told BirminghamLive: “I returned to my car and just couldn’t believe it, so I took some pictures.
“The space (next to Mazda) was blocked by a post that is supporting the roof. Clearly, no-one can park on this space safely by manouvering around that post.
“As I am a new father I waslooking for spaces around the car park where I could fully open the car’s door to take safely my little one out of the car.
“So I did move my car a little to the space with no access and covered a yellow line.
“When we came back, I received a ticket for ‘Not Parked Wholly Within Bay’.
“I could absolutely agree with a ticket if I blocked another space or some access but in this case, clearly, another car can’t park there.”
Mr Maj issued an appeal to the company to overturn the ticket but lost.
A spokesman for Premier Parking Logistics said the bay WAS used by motorists and added Mr Maj had “admitted that they purposely parked over the bay for their own convenience, so has admitted liability.
“The terms and conditions which form the contract which the driver agreed to adhere to were broken by the driver.
“The driver parked next to the sign with the terms and conditions. There is also a 24 hour phone number on the signs.
“We have checked the back office and on the day there were only 7 cars in the car park during the whole day.
“There are 30 spaces in the car park all of which are above regulation size as recommended by local authorities.
“We have today taken time stamped photos of the bay you claim to be obstructed with 2 cars either side and the bay empty . We have then taken time stamp photo of a vehicle parked in the bay and then comfortably leaving the bay.”
The company invited our reporter to the car park to see a vehicle being parked in the bay, but we declined.
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