‘Scam!’ Drivers slapped with £100 parking fine despite pay machine being out of order

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Some drivers were furious to see they had been handed a parking charge despite not being able to pay for a ticket. A number of drivers motorists even left a note on their cars explaining that they had tried to pay for a ticket.

Claire Lambert was one of those drivers who was left with the hefty fine at Halifax Place pay and display in Lace Market, Nottingham.

The tickets were said to have been issued on January 15, by CPS Midlands Ltd, the owners of the private land.

Some annoyed drivers reportedly left their phone numbers on their parked cars so they could be contacted to pay.

Ms Lambert, an admin manager from Gedling, Nottinghamshire, was issued a £100 fine for using the car park for only 30 minutes.

She said she would be appealing the fine, adding: “It’s where I usually park, it’s close to where I want to be which is the Marks and Spencer. It’s small and convenient – I use it often.

“I parked at 12pm and came back at 12:30pm to a parking charge.

“I was more upset because you feel like you’re being scammed. It isn’t right.

“Before I went, I looked at all the other notes on the car and thought it must be okay – obviously they all got ticketed as well.”

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She appealed the fine on the Monday and is due to hear back about whether she will be forced to pay the additional charge.

Claire continued, saying: “At the end of the day they might not admit to it but it’s just annoying.

“Hopefully they’ll come back and say sorry. I just want it sorted.”

Another driver, Carol Denunzio, 59, a retired midwife from Derby, also used the car park to go shopping in Nottingham that weekend.

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