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Parking fine but six minutes left on ticket

PUBLISHED: 17:38 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:27 12 August 2010

A MOTORIST is accusing traffic wardens of carrying out a scam to meet their parking ticket targets. Caroline Beaton, 45, from Beckenham was handed an £80 fine for illegally failing to show a valid pay and display ticket in Ringer Road, Bromley last mon

A MOTORIST is accusing traffic wardens of carrying out a scam to meet their parking ticket targets.

Caroline Beaton, 45, from Beckenham was handed an £80 fine for 'illegally' failing to show a valid pay and display ticket in Ringer Road, Bromley last month.

But she claims that when she returned to the car, her ticket was still valid for six minutes and was stuck to the windscreen but had been obscured by a penalty notice bag with no ticket inside.

She said: "When I returned to the car, I saw the plastic bag stuck to my window but there was no ticket inside. At first I thought it was kids but there was something about it that I didn't trust so I kept my little sticker.

"But yesterday, I received a notice from Bromley council telling me that the fine which I never received had doubled."

But despite complaining to the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service at Bromley council, she said she has been met with 'obstructive and rude' staff who refuse to help.

She said: "I am not going to have some petty Bromley council try to extort money with menace out of me.

"What's more, I want the practice to stop. All I can think of is that the traffic warden put the plastic bag on the windscreen to obscure where my ticket was.

"It was because I saw the plastic bag that I held on to my pay and display ticket - who else would do that? I worry that this has happened to a lot of people and I am livid that in these economic times this kind of thing is going on."

A spokesman for Bromley council said: "A Penalty Charge Notice was issued because the car was parked in a pay and display bay without displaying a valid pay and display ticket.

"Having reviewed the evidence, including the timed sequence video footage taken at the time, we are confident that the PCN was issued correctly. The motorist can of course now appeal to an independent adjudicator at the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service and we will abide by the decision of the adjudicator."

l Has this happened to you in or around Ringer Road? Why not let us know

e-mail: kate.mead@archant.co.uk or call 020 8269 7021.

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