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Monday, 15 September 2014 (3056887)
Pensioner slams airport's 'aggressive' parking policy
by Holly Rummens

A WALTON pensioner who received a parking fine after picking up a friend from Liverpool John Lennon Airport has attacked their aggressive parking policies.

Chris Molloy had arranged to collect his friend, Pam Evans from Liverpool Airport car park, but after noticing her walking in the wrong direction, Chris pulled over before the approach road to pick up his friend.

The 71 year old told our reporter: “I saw Pam walking away from the car park, she was struggling with her suitcase, so I pulled over to pick her up.

”I made sure I wasn't parked on the red lines, which are used to indicate an approach road to the airport, there were no signs to say I couldn't park up, so I thought it wouldn't be a problem.

“I would say I was only parked for 2 minutes, not causing any obstructions to any other driver and just put her case in the car and then drove off.

”I was so shocked when I received a fine of £60, I had no idea that were I was parked was in a controlled parking zone.“

This isn't the first time angry motorists have attacked the parking policies at Liverpool Airport, in February dozens of complaints were posted online about the external operator, Vehicle Control Services, which allegedly charged drivers who stopped to read signs or slowed down on the duel carriageway approach road.

Mr Molloy contacted the Champion after being ordered to pay a fine of £60 within 14 days or face a further £100, he said more needs to be done to make motorists aware of the ever changing parking policies being rolled out at the airport.

He added: ”I think more needs to be done to ensure motorists understand where they can and can't park, especially around the airport.

“The parking rules are constantly changing, they used to have a free drop off and collection point but now they charge, and they have added red lines along side the approach roads so you can't park their either or face a penalty charge.

”It is beyond ridiculous.

“In the letter they sent to me it said I had caused a danger to other drivers or that I have caused a loss to the airport.”

A spokesperson for VCS said: “We can confirm the reason for the driver being sent a Notice is because of a genuine contravention of the Airport parking policy.

”Video evidence highlighting the reason for this charge can be shared with the driver if they wish to clarify the situation.“

VCS said they were members of industry body the British Parking Association and the Approved Operator Scheme, and followed their guidelines.

A spokesman for the airport said there were 40 signs warning drivers of potential penalties on the red route around the airport, which had been introduced to stop congestion and safety risks caused by cars stopping and blocking lanes.

The consumer website said when a parking ticket from a private organisation lands on your doorstep you should not confuse it with an official fine.

They advise: ”Don’t ever think of private parking tickets as ‘fines’. They’re not. These companies have no official right to fine you, though they may try to make you think they do.“

This can be challenged through the Parking on Private Land Appeals service, or Popla, who say about 45% of the cases they hear are won by drivers.


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