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Family fined £60 after driving around car park looking for space for 13 minutes


A FAMILY landed a £60 fine in a busy Cornwall car park – despite never actually parking their car.

Julie Sutcliffe desperately drove around looking for a space while on holiday in Newquay, but left just 13 minutes later.

A parking company handed a family a £60 fine - even though they didn't park their car

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A parking company handed a family a £60 fine – even though they didn’t park their carCredit: Getty

Despite the short search for a bay – the 51-year-old got a huge shock when she returned home from the trip and saw she had been handed a £60 penalty.

She told The Mirror: “When we got back from our holidays I opened a letter saying we had a £60 fine for parking for 13 minutes without paying.

“This was the time we had spent driving round.

“I appealed, saying at no point had we stopped, never mind turned our engine off.

“Our appeal was refused. To say I’m disgusted is a huge understatement.”

The family had visited the Smart Parking lot in their Ford Fiesta on August 12 during the height of the summer.

They had visited three or four full car parks before finding the one they were eventually penalised for driving around.

Julie decided to pay the fine as she didn’t want to deal with the hassle of a further appeal – but she wasn’t happy about it.

“I thought I’d pay it as I didn’t want the worry of taking it further,” she said.

“They are a big company and we are a family.”

When asked if Smart Parking would refund the family as they had not actually parked their car on their premises, a spokesperson said the fine was deserved.

They added: “Smart Parking are proud members of the British Parking Association and strictly follow its guidelines.

“At Newquay car park we utilise a state-of-the-art ANPR parking management system to ensure genuine customers can always find a place to park.

“It is important to remember that the car park is private land, so when deciding to park motorists should always check the terms and conditions of use which are clearly outlined in numerous signs across the site.

“In the case of [Sutcliffe] she stayed in the car park for over 12 minutes without paying, so correctly received a charge, which she has now paid.”

It follows a similar “outrageous” fine handed to a dad who accidentally paid for the wrong car using the RingGo app.

Scott Corben, from Bere Ferrers in Devon, was also hit with a £60 fine after he parked outside Plymouth’s Playhouse for a day out with his daughters.

And NHS worker Victoria Hopper was fined a staggering £510 for parking in a “pirate” car park which she claimed had no sign or even meter, making it “impossible” to pay.

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