Motorist, 32, is slapped with £100 fine for parking in her OWN space – after her permit ‘slipped’ 

A motorist says she is willing to go to court to fight a fine she was given for parking in her own space.

Laura Armstrong, 32, was handed the £100 charge for parking in her designated spot in an underground gated car park at her apartment block in Worcester.

She thought once she explained her parking permit had slipped from her dashboard and she had a legal right to park there that the fine would be revoked.

But the company responsible for managing the car park have refused to back down and insisted Laura pays up as the permit was not displayed at the time on July 19.

Laura Armstrong, 32, was handed the £100 charge for parking in her designated spot in an underground gated car park at her apartment block in Worcester

Laura Armstrong, 32, was handed the £100 charge for parking in her designated spot in an underground gated car park at her apartment block in Worcester

Laura Armstrong, 32, was handed the £100 charge for parking in her designated spot in an underground gated car park at her apartment block in Worcester

She says she is now prepared to take the legal battle with Parking Control Management (PCM) Ltd to court as she firmly believes they are in the wrong.

Laura, who works in marketing as a copy writer, said: ‘My permit accidentally slipped from my dashboard and I went down to my car the next morning to find a £100 charge.

‘I thought that once I explained I was the owner of the apartment that the parking space is attached to, the charge would be revoked – but I was wrong.

‘They came back and said no, it wouldn’t be cancelled. I got in touch with the firm who manage the apartment and they weren’t interested either.

‘It doesn’t matter to them if you can prove you have a legal right to park there – which just seems like madness.

‘I was occupying the space which had been allocated to me and I wasn’t causing an obstruction or anything like that.

‘It’s like they are out to punish residents rather than look after our interests and protect genuine permit holders. It just isn’t right.

‘The permit had just slipped off the dashboard – I thought they would be understanding as it was the first time it has ever happened, I thought they would have a heart.

‘The more I have talked to other residents about it, they say ‘this is what happens’. A friend of mine who also lives at the apartments says this has happened to her twice.

‘Some people have said to me why don’t I just pay, and let it go. But I don’t want to give them any money.

She says she is now prepared to take the legal battle with Parking Control Management (PCM) Ltd to court as she firmly believes they are in the wrong

She says she is now prepared to take the legal battle with Parking Control Management (PCM) Ltd to court as she firmly believes they are in the wrong

She says she is now prepared to take the legal battle with Parking Control Management (PCM) Ltd to court as she firmly believes they are in the wrong

‘Most people back down when these companies start talking about bailiffs and things like that but I’m not going to.

‘I’ll go to court if it goes that far. I’m really angry this is allowed and I will be seeking legal advice from a solicitor if they refuse to back down.’

Laura said there is no mention in her lease agreement of any need for permits in order to park her Toyota Aygo in the car park.

She added that she couldn’t understand the need for the car park to even be managed when it was a gated residents’ car park only accessible through a door fob.

Laura, who lives alone, added: ‘Outside the flats there’s constantly people parking in residents’ spaces on the street, if anywhere needs patrolling by a traffic warden its there.

‘Yet they send wardens into a gated underground car park which non-residents can’t access anyway to fine genuine permit holders. It’s like they are out to get us.

‘We don’t pay any extra on top of our rent to park here. The permits were just left behind by the last residents and I can’t see any mention in the lease agreement about them anyway.

‘I’ve asked them to legally prove they are in the right but strangely enough I haven’t heard back from them since.

‘There’s definitely something a bit dodgy going on.’

Parking Control Management (UK) Ltd have been contacted for comment. 

Laura said there is no mention in her lease agreement of any need for permits in order to park her Toyota Aygo in the car park

Laura said there is no mention in her lease agreement of any need for permits in order to park her Toyota Aygo in the car park

Laura said there is no mention in her lease agreement of any need for permits in order to park her Toyota Aygo in the car park

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