NHS worker Ed Smith received the £100 parking fine just days before Christmas for being slightly over the line of the bay which he actually owns in Birmingham city centre
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A driver was left stunned after being slapped with a £100 parking ticket because his tyre was one inch over the line of a parking bay.
NHS worker Ed Smith received the fine just days before Christmas for being slightly over the line of the bay – which he actually owns.
He had left his BMW 1 series in his own parking spot in Birmingham city centre before receiving the ticket on December 20.
Mr Smith said he was slightly over the parking bay line because he was trying to leave space for his neighbour.
The bay next to him that he was deemed to be intruding into was also unused at the time the fine was issued.
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He said: “I was upset and annoyed at getting the ticket.
“The bay next to mine is disused and because the parking spaces are so narrow, I try to get close to the line to give my neighbour as much space as possible.
“It seems ridiculous that parking an inch or so over the line should result in a £100 fine.”
Mr Smith, who works at an NHS hospital and has provided care to patients throughout the pandemic, described the fine as “disheartening and cruel” in the run-up to Christmas.
The fine – which will be reduced to £60 if paid within 12 days – was issued by private firm Premier Parking Enforcement LTD who are contracted by building management company Remus.
Mr Smith says it is not the first time he has received a fine from the parking company – who he claims “only seem interested in making money”.
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He said: “Previously I was given a fine after my permit got unstuck from the windscreen due to the hot weather and had fallen off.
“Despite it being visible on the floor from the window, and my informing them that I was a resident who owned the parking space, they rejected my appeal and I had to pay £100.”
Premier Parking Enforcement and Remus have been contacted for comment.
There are different ways to appeal a parking fine if you think you’ve been unfairly charged – and it is free to lodge a complaint.
We previously spoke to motoring expert Scott Dixon, owner of thegrumpygit.com website and blog, to find out five ways to get an unfair parking fine dropped.
How you go about appealing largely depends on if you received it from a private firm or a council.
A local authority will typically issue you with a Penalty Charge Notice, while a fine from a private firm will be called a Parking Charge Notice – we explain the difference between the two here.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.