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Mother, 31, slapped with £60 parking fine after she overstayed because she was breastfeeding 

ParkingEye has repeatedly caused controversy, with many drivers saying they have been unfairly ticketed. 

A furious father claimed he was given a £70 parking fine after being stuck in a queue waiting to get out of a hospital car park for 45 minutes last year.

Scott Michael Clarke, 31, from Sleaford, Lincolnshire, paid £1.70 to park outside Lincoln County Hospital and take his one-year-old son to a routine one hour appointment after he had broken his leg in a fall.

The family made it back to their car with 30 minutes to spare – but traffic in the car park meant it was another 45 minutes before they managed to exit and have their number plate recorded by the automatic cameras.

ParkingEye a volunteer ambulance service driver £70 even though she was picking up a patient as part of her duties in August 2019.

Julie Hyde, 62, from Allenby in West Cumbria, parked her Volkswagen Tiguan in a reserved bay at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle after checking with reception staff she was allowed to do so.

She helped the wheelchair user into her car and drove 80 miles back to the patient’s home in Cumbria, but received a letter from ParkingEye three days later demanding £40 within two weeks or the figure would be increased to the full amount.

The firm later cancelled the fine. 

In July 2019, a terminally ill man was twice fined while also visiting Lincoln County Hospital despite cancer patients being entitled to free parking.

Edward Sutton, 79, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2018, eventually had the fine overturned on appeal, Lincolnshire Live reported.

ParkingEye is one of the biggest private parking company’s in Britain and operates 3,500 sites nationwide

In May 2019, 79-year-old Irene Smith was fined £70 for parking outside an Aldi where she was shopping despite inputting her details into the ParkingEye machine.

It later emerged she had missed one digit, according to a screenshot from the company.  

Holly Edwards, 34, received a £100 fine for parking outside an NHS clinic even though she was having a scan at the time and was allowed to park for free.

She was confident about getting the fine – at the Harold Wood Polyclinic in Romford, east London, in June 2019 – overturned and sent ParkingEye her GP appointment note. 

However, the company director was shocked to get a letter back offering a reduced fine ‘as a gesture of goodwill’. 

Some drivers, though, have succeeded in turning the tables against the parking giants.  

In 2017, top lawyer Nicholas Bowen won a high-profile court victory against the firm after they fined him £85 for overstaying the two-hour time limit at a motorway service station.

A judge struck out the case and ordered the company to pay his costs of £1,550.

 Marilyn Heald paid 50p to park for 30 minutes when she went for a simple X-ray – but it nearly cost her £70.

The retired British Airways stewardess was given a penalty for overstaying by just 13 seconds at the Samuel Johnson Community Hospital in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

Mrs Heald, 69, fought the firm issuing the fine, Parking Eye, and won. 


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