Elderly driver slams ‘sneaky’ seven foot parking signs after £100 fine

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Patricia ‘Tish’ Wallinger parked at Cleveland Gate Retail Park in Guisborough last month to collect some items with her friend Hazel. The 74-year-old, who has a number of health conditions that restrict her mobility, said she likes to take her time when shopping, using an electric scooter to move around.

The grandma-of-three was shocked to receive a parking fine from G24 Parking Management Solutions for £100.

It said that she had overstayed the allotted time by 11 minutes.

Tish, who is only 5ft 2in tall, said the parking company was using “sneaky” tactics by having signs “7ft off the ground”.

The woman from Redcar, Yorkshire, claims they were doing this to “entrap people”.

Tish, who retired at 48 due to bad health and only goes out around once a week, said she looked for a pay and display machine, but couldn’t find any so assumed it was free.

She didn’t realise that it was only free for two hours, adding that it takes her 10 minutes to get her scooter ready to go anywhere.

The driver said she was out her her friend to do some “retail therapy”, saying they were both in their 70s and “go around slowly”.

Since Covid, she said, she rarely leaves the house, and uses a small, folding electric mobility scooter which is kept in the trunk of her car.

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She added: “I was surprised to receive [a letter] stating that I’d overstayed the parking limit of two hours by 11 minutes, demanding that I pay £100, almost £10 a minute. 

“I don’t have £100. I’m not paying it – I’m fed up.

“They stated that the parking notices are easy to see – they aren’t.

“They are attached to poles approximately seven feet from the ground and I actually had to revisit the retail park to find them but I couldn’t find the cameras. 

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“I’m 5ft 2in, so my eye level isn’t anywhere near that, and by the time I sit on my scooter, it is a lot less,” she told Teeside Live.

She claimed that the signs were “deliberately” above eye line to “entrap people and ensure maximum fines”.

The mum-of-three quickly sent an appeal against the fine, but soon received a letter to say it was rejected and was told to either pay up or be taken to court. 

She said she will not be paying the “extortionate demand” and claims that she is not alone in her frustration, hearing that others had made complaints about the same car park.

Tish claimed that one instance involved a child’s birthday party at a nearby pancake house, where parking fines cost more than the party.

She said she thinks shops on the site will lose customers because of the parking fine restrictions.

She added: “The shops on this site are losing business because of this, I’m one of them and will not be shopping there again.”

Express.co.uk have contacted G24 Parking Management Solutions for a comment.

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