DRIVER IS TOLD TO PAY £1,260 PARKING FINE – 22/03/2019

An interesting case came to light recently in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders whereby a supermarket Manager has been hit with a fine of £1,260 in a pay-and-display area behind an Iceland store where he works.

His car was ticketed over several months and he chose not to pay the £60 tickets or answer council letters requesting him to reveal the identity of the culprit.

The fine equals the amount of the fines that remain outstanding for ignoring the letters and he has to pay the fine on top, meaning that it’s doubled at the stroke of a pen.

The Council took him to Court and he pleaded guilty.

These tickets are different to private land invoices and it’s pretty clear-cut from what I can see.  It seems to be a myth in Scotland that you can get away with parking fines and charges by not disclosing the identity of the culprit, and a few test cases have proved this otherwise.

Having said that, there is a possibility that it could have been contested on technicalities such as obscured signs, incorrect wording on the paperwork and other aspects.

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