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Motorists urged to change parking habits

Motorists have been urged, once again, to change their parking habits so they don’t gain unwelcome fines. The increasing use of automatic number plate recognition technology means that more private land owners are using fining methods to keep people in check. Though, traditionally, it might’ve been those with a private reg who were easily caught because of their memorable plates, all drivers are now at risk.

With the use of automatic number plate recognition products, private land owners are able to snap the registrations of drivers when they enter and leave an area. Supermarkets, office parking and even motorway service stations are beginning to utilise this technology so they know when people have been on their land. For owners who have parking time restrictions, fines can be sent out to drivers, even if people have accidently stayed one minute over the allotted time.

One driver from Kidwelly revealed that she’s been subject to a £40 fine after taking her son to the doctors. Rosaline Day had to visit the Elizabeth Williams clinic in Llanelli on May 28th with her son, Xavier. Unable to find a parking spot in the doctor’s car park, Ms Day moved across to the Aldi car park on the opposite side of the road. However, with the developmental assessment appointment taking more time than expected, she discovered that a £40 parking fine had been issued because she’d been in the supermarket’s car park for too long.

Ms Day said, “We were gutted. I didnt see any signs making it clear you only had a time limit. Because Xavier has development problems and cant walk we had to be close to the clinic to carry him over. We paid the fine because we were worried it would go up if we didnt and it could cost a lot in legal fees to challenge it.”

The ticket was issued by Aldi’s service, ParkingEye, which clocks registrations as they enter the car park. At this particular venue, the time limit is 1 hour and 30 minutes, and Ms Day outstayed the period for almost two hours. As a result, a fine was automatically sent out.

The case highlights how the car parking system in Britain is now changing due to the latest technology. As a result, all motorists must ensure they know the parking limits on private land so they don’t outstay their welcome and get hit with an unexpected fine.

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