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PARKING CRAZY I was fined £50 for parking despite being inside the white line – it’s ridiculous

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A mother has told how she was fined £50 for parking inside the white lines.

Amanda Foxman was on a family day out in Heaton Park, Manchester when she was slapped with the hefty parking fee.

Amanda, her husband and two children, ages 8 and 11, had parked their car in the garden center parking lot.

But when they got back to drive home, they saw that Manchester City Council had issued them with a penalty notice for parking beyond the parking bay markings.

She told the Manchester Evening News: “We took the kids to the park to see the squirrels.

“I had parked in what I thought was a standard bay and paid for my parking space through the app. It was a really nice day but getting a parking penalty back wasn’t really part of the plan.”

Amanda says they had no idea they used a prohibited parking space and thinks the fine is “absolutely unacceptable.”

She explained: “There was a white line on the ground next to where I parked where the double yellow lines ended. I thought this was the end of the parking bay

“The only thing I didn’t realize at the time was that the pen didn’t have a white T mark on the floor like the other pens.

“But I didn’t hinder anyone, I didn’t cause any problems at all. Nothing to say there was no parking.”

Amanda claims the signs weren’t clear enough — but writing to the city council, they said that’s because they “do not distract from the park’s natural beauty by creating a ‘highway’-style urban environment.” “.

She fumed: “I think her answer is absolute nonsense to me.

“I understand they want to respect the beauty of the park, but I believe there still needs to be a sign or something to alert people that they will be fined if they park there.”

Amanda now refuses to pay the fine, claiming the council was “completely unreasonable”.

she explained. “Had I parked on a double yellow line I would accept that I did something wrong, but I paid for a ticket on the app and I don’t feel like I did anything wrong.

“I would be quite surprised if I was the only person affected. I feel like someone just took the opportunity to fine me because they know they can.”

A Manchester Council spokesman said: “All council managed car parks have clear signage advising that motorists must park in designated bays for pay-and-display tickets to be valid.

“In cases where this is not done, law enforcement officials can issue drivers with a criminal complaint.

“A person who has been issued a PCN may appeal to the Council if they believe it has not been issued correctly.”

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