Artist, 58, wins five year battle over £1 parking ticket after being unable to pay at broken machine
AN ARTIST has gained a five year ‘David v Goliath’ court docket battle – over a £1 parking ticket.
Linda Edwards, 58, met her mum for dinner in May 2016, however could not pay for the £1 automotive park ticket for her Range Rover as a result of the machine was broken.
Following directions on an indication beside the machine, she phoned Excel Parking Services serving to and reported the fault, and was instructed a repairman would go to.
But Linda was shocked when she returned to Bury New Road automotive park, Manchester, an hour later, and located an inspector issuing her a £100 fantastic for not having a ticket.
When she tried to dispute the ticket – which might have been £60 if she paid in 14 days – she was instructed she would have to enchantment, by the “bulling and threatening” firm.
Linda issued an enchantment – sending a £1 cheque for the unique value of the 2 hour ticket, however it was denied and her fantastic elevated to a hard and fast £100.
She was despatched a number of letters informing her to fantastic had elevated to £250 earlier than being instructed in November 2017 it was being handed onto a debt assortment firm.
In early 2021 Linda, who was decreased to tears over the stress, was instructed she might settle the difficulty out of court docket for £272.
But decided not to be bullied, Linda pressed forward and attended court docket, dealing with a mixed whole of the overdue fantastic, curiosity and authorized charges completely £458.75.
Representing herself, Linda gained her court docket case dubbing it “a win for the ordinary person” – FIVE YEARS after she bought the parking ticket.
Overjoyed Linda, Saddleworth, Mancs., mentioned: “I’m simply completely thrilled.
“I went by three bereavements whereas I used to be combating them.
“When it was nearing the court docket date I used to be having sleepless nights and doubts about it.
“At times I was brought to tears over it as they wouldn’t let up. But I don’t like to be taken advantage of.
“But I stored reminding myself justice has to be completed.
“I had buddies who mentioned to simply pay the fantastic however I wasn’t going to be bullied.
“No one likes getting a parking ticket however this wasn’t even justified within the slightest.
“I followed what was instructed by the company and that was to phone them and tell them the machine was broken.
“Lots of people would have simply paid to get them off their backs.
“But I wished to stand my floor.
“I used to be talking to employees at the restaurant and so they had mentioned this had occurred to prospects earlier than.
“The machine was broken and there was not an alternative way to pay the charges yet I was being told I had to pay a parking fine.
“It’s simply not on. I made each effort to pay on the day.
“Excel mentioned I ought to have paid utilizing one other machine. There wasn’t one other one within the automotive park!
“It’s just money grabbing and they are able to exploit people with the threat of debt collectors and court.”
‘TEACH THE BULLIES A LESSON’
After being issued a second letter within the put up to say the fantastic had elevated from £100 to £250, cussed Linda stood her floor to “teach the bullies a lesson”.
She purchased a lever arch file and started photocopying and printing out letters of correspondence between Excel and herself — in preparation for an eventual court docket case.
Linda, married to Jonathan, 56, mentioned: “My husband is a lawyer however this is not his discipline of experience.
“I did all of the work myself. I purchased an enormous folder and stored all of the paperwork and correspondence in there.
“Our defence didn’t change from the first letter we wrote in May 2016 to going to court.
“I had to put together a skeleton argument for the defence. I did not need to rent anybody as it could have raked up a foolish quantity.
“I wrote each letter, despatched the copies off to court docket, instructed their authorized crew.
On August 4 2021 Linda gained her case at Manchester County Court which noticed her £250 penalty fare written off.
Linda mentioned: “I’m simply completely thrilled I gained!
“It was a very long time and I went by three bereavements throughout that point – together with my mum which was actually arduous.
“The pandemic has been arduous for everybody too.
“This occurred earlier than we left the European Union which simply goes to present how the ridiculous time it has gone on for.
“I hope from this others will have the courage to stand up to these companies.”
A spokesman for Excel Parking Services Ltd mentioned: “This was an uncommon case in that there had been a transparent breach of the phrases and situations of parking as no pay and show ticket had been bought for the interval of parking.
“However, in mild of the circumstances of the case, the decide determined that the decision made by Ms Edwards to our Helpline represented, on this event, an intention to pay as soon as the machine had been repaired.
“Our call handler should have either given Ms Edwards’ a formal exemption from paying for parking or, advised her to find an alternative parking location.”