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Garry White was issued a £60 penalty notice for stopping in a disabled car park space for 83 seconds back in February 2018. Mr White left his vehicle for less than two minutes to read a parking sign before returning directly to his vehicle.
He reportedly showed the officer his blue badge to show he was entitled to use the restricted bay.
However, he was still told to pay a fine which slowly escalated after years of bickering.
He said: “Basically, I drove in, and I wasn’t aware there was an entrance sign that said ‘private land’.
“Obviously, you can’t stop as you’re driving, so I carried on and parking up.
“I walked up to the sign. I’m disabled so I was a bit slow and methodical.
“But I walked over and read it, looked back and there was a guy ticketing my car.
“On my dash-cam you can see it was 83 seconds between my leaving my car and them ticketing me.”
The initial fine of £60 rose to more than £200 before a court hearing into the case.
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However, a judge dismissed the claim in “less than 10 minutes” after reviewing his dash cam footage.
Garry was then awarded a payout for his costs and damages.
Garry added: “It went on for two-and-a-half years.
“It was just ridiculous.”
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