Electric car owner fined £100 after charging his vehicle in McDonald’s car park

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The 36-year-old businessman, Amar Tanna, had driven to the McDonald’s branch in Wheatfield Way in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and paid £35 to charge his EV to get back home to Coventry. When Mr Tanna arrived at the fast-food chain, the branch’s car recharging station was in use. The businessman decided to wait while having his lunch and then plugged in his vehicle.

He said: “The rate they were charging was extortionate as it was – twice the cost of electricity I’d paid before while charging my car.

“But I needed to charge it up or I wouldn’t be able to get home.”

Mr Tanna paid more than £35 for the electricity and drove home.

However, a short while later, he was shocked to receive a parking fine through the post.

After receiving the fine, he contacted InstaVolt, the electric charging provider, to ask if he had been fined for being in the car park when he was paying for electricity the whole time he was there.

Customer services executive at InstaVolt Katherine Binks wrote back: “Unfortunately the parking restrictions are managed by a third party, which means that the existing parking restrictions still apply to our customers even when using our charging stations.”

She added that InstaVolt’s signage at its stations stated “that existing parking restrictions still apply”.

She said that this was also outlined in its frequently asked questions (FAQs).

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Ms Binks continued: “We appreciate the inconvenience caused by these fines and have supplied you with a ‘Proof of Charge’ letter containing your charging details to help with your appeal, should you wish to appeal the notice.

“We hope your appeal is successful and if you require any other information, please let us know.”

Mr Tanna appealed as advised, but was unsuccessful and had to pay the fine.

The businessman said: “I also wrote to McDonald’s but the trouble is they have a separate parking company dealing with enforcement.

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