Dad slapped with 'ridiculous' £60 fine for parking in Crewe – when his car was 140 miles away in Hull

James Smith, 33, suffered the parking mix-up when dropping his step-daughter off at a dance academy.

Using an app, he paid £1.50 for an hour-and-a-half wait in Hull town centre but accidentally inputted the wrong code and arranged time in a car park in Crewe instead, Hull Daily Mail reports.

James, an expectant father, was then slapped with a fine by the car lot’s firm, Smart Parking.

He said: “It made me feel like I was the criminal and it has made me so angry.

“It’s money I can’t afford to give out and my fiancée is expecting a baby next month. I just wanted to take my stepdaughter into town for her dance class and now I’m having to fork out £60.”

James paid for his parking via RingGo and contacted them to vent his frustration.

However, RingGo’s customer care team said he should have been more vigilant before booking.

In an email, they wrote: “When booking a parking session we always recommend that the signage is checked with the location number entered as this prevents the chance of a penalty charge notice (PCN) being issued.

“If the nearby location is used and the signal on your device is slightly delayed then a different location number will be given until the location has caught up.”

James then rang SmartParking who refused to dismiss the charge.

In a letter, the firm  said: “As you have failed to purchase a valid ticket for your duration, we can confirm that this PCN has been issued correctly and we have made the decision to uphold the charge.

“There are several signs situated around the car park that advise of the terms and conditions and we can confirm all signage is BPA (British Parking Association) approved.”

Mr Smith said he should have been shown more understanding as his car was clearly in Hull.
“If they really are Smart Parking they should be smart enough to protect their honest customers and not use them for payments when they make a mistake.”

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