My family day out was ruined after new parking rule cost me a £60 fine – I'm furious | The Sun

A MAN was left fuming after he received a parking fine that ruined his family day out.

Nicholas Danton, from Kent, was the victim of a little-known parking rule change which left him £60 worse-off.

As reported by Kent Live, the dad-of-two warned other motorists about the risks of parking in private car parks.

Having already paid for four hours to leave his car in the Margate private car park, the family decided to extend their stay for a furtherhour.

They paid using an app, but Nicholas was surprised to receive a PCN in the post demanding £60.

Drivers used to enjoy a ten-minute 'grace period' to leave a car park under the Private Parking Code of Practice, which began in 2015.


Retro Ford Escort RS Mexico in jaw-dropping condition up for sale at auction

Shocking moment 5-year-old causes £5k damage to Audi RS3 in SECONDS

Most read in Motors


I drove Ford Focus ST Track Pack – it's fast & noisy but safe & practical


Retro Ford Escort RS Mexico in jaw-dropping condition up for sale at auction


Shocking moment 5-year-old causes £5k damage to Audi RS3 in SECONDS


Watch as mechanic takes barrage of abuse from crazy ‘Karen’ customer

However, the Government's website says this was removed in June 2022 and is currently under review.

Nicholas told Kent Live: "I think the general public don't know about this. I didn't even know about the ten minute grace period until I appealed and I wanted knowledge to back me up.

"I had no idea it had been withdrawn, and people need to be aware of that."

But it turned out that the company running the car park, Smart Parking, we're being doubly unfair.

(Ad) How car insurance can protect your vehicle

With car insurance quotes depending on so many different factors, it really pays to shop around for the best deal for you.

  •  Find out if you could save money on your car insurance with Comparethemarket.

Nicholas continued: "I appealed against that because it was unfair.

"They decided to uphold it because I was in the site for 10 minutes longer than I paid for.

"This means they're counting the time that you enter the car park before you've paid – people going there for the day probably don't realise they're being charged as soon as they go into the park.

"It was the middle of the summer, so you can't find a parking space straight away.

"I used the RingGo app to pay, which takes time to set up your bank details and so on."

Important Information News Group Newspapers Ltd is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Comparethemarket Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 778488). Comparethemarket Limited, registered in England and Wales No. 10636682. Registered Office: Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough, PE2 6YS. 

Source: Read Full Article