Driver tries to skip paying £500 airport parking ticket – but gets STUCK in barrier

The man, who wasn’t legally allowed to drive after being previously disqualified, got himself in all sorts of trouble after trying to dodge the parking fee at Stansted Airport in Essex

The drive got into a spot of bother – and some real hot water after a police check

A brazen motorist who didn’t want to pay his £500 airport parking ticket ended up having his car seized by police after getting stuck as he attempted his escape.

Essex Police were called to Stansted Airport after a vehicle became lodged between the barriers.

The force said the driver had chosen to not pay his parking fee and instead decided to try and drive around the payment barriers to get out of the car park.

However, the male driver soon wished he had just paid what was owed.

After becoming jammed, the car was seized and he will still have to pay the hefty parking charge – and he’s now in hot water.

Essex Police were called to Stansted Airport when the car got stuck


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Police said that when officers arrived to see what was happening, they also discovered that the driver was disqualified and should have never been driving the car in the first place.

Tweeting about the incident, Essex Police at Stansted Airport tweeted: “Please remember to pay for your parking [at Stansted Airport]. This driver tried to avoid paying, got stuck when driving around the barrier and to top off his bad day…. he was a disqualified driver.

“His car was seized by Essex Police and he still owes £496 in car parking fees!”

To rack up such a high parking charge, the car would have had to have been parked in the short stay car park for a total of eight days. The short stay car park charges £62 per 24 hours if not booked in advance.

The man wasn’t happy with the ticket fee after his holiday


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Earlier this month, a pair of holidays were stunned when they returned from their honeymoon in Egypt to discover they had racked up a car park bill of almost £900 after using the wrong parking bay at the airport.

Scott Avery and his wife had enjoyed two weeks in Egypt, but came back to Manchester airport stunned by the hefty bill.

The 51-year-old, from Burton, had unknowingly parked in the incorrect parking bay at Manchester Airport before flying out on May 30. He had booked his car parking in advance using the airport’s Meet and Greet option and while on holiday didn’t think he would need to do anything else, LancsLive reports.

He had paid £120 for his parking through the AA app, but said that when they arrived they were instead directed to Terminal 2 West Car Park where they took a token before jetting off.

But, unknown to them, their car was in the wrong bay and there were stunned to be given a bill of £870 when they used the token to check out on Tuesday, June 14.

Manchester Airport has since waived the bill as a gesture of goodwill as he had a Meet and Greet booking in the system.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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