Elderly driver furious after receiving ‘unfair’ fines for parking at a supermarket

Elderly driver furious after receiving ‘unfair’ fines for parking at a supermarket

A grandad of five from Teesside went out for a meal with his family in Stockton and parked his car at a nearby Lidl just off the high street. The car park regulations state that Lidl customers can only stay for 90 minutes.

However, Dave Thomas, 61, was left with a £90 fine after he stayed longer than the allotted time while at the restaurant.

Mr Thomas also admitted that he did not purchase a single item from the supermarket.

The 61-year-old said that he left his car at the site as there was “nowhere to park”.

He added that he didn’t want to walk far having “had an ankle operation” not long ago.

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But the following week, Mr Thomas was stung again and received a second fine for another visit to the car park, where he stayed 10 minutes over the allotted time and has had to pay out another £45.

Regarding the Parking Eye system installed at the car park, a Lidl spokesperson said: “We always aim to provide a positive shopping experience for our valued customers, which includes ensuring that parking spaces are available for them when visiting our stores.

“We, therefore, have car park management systems in place across our store network to help ensure that customers can find somewhere to park, particularly in busy areas where our car parks are often subject to misuse.

“Signage is displayed prominently to ensure that the public are fully informed of the restrictions in place.”

Councillor Mike Smith, the council’s cabinet member for environment and transport, added: “There are plenty of places to park in and around Stockton town centre, including 160 parking spaces still available at Castlegate via the spiral ramp on Riverside Road.

“Other good options that spring to mind are Wellington Square and the nearby Shambles car park, which both offer three hours’ parking for free.

“There’s also a long stay car park at nearby Parliament Street.”

Published at Tue, 16 Aug 2022 08:57:00 +0000