A driver who was hit with an almost £100 parking fine for being 13 minutes over the allowed parking time says he will never step foot in the car park again.
Kevin Poxon, a bus driver from Broxtowe, received a fine from the car park at Lidl, Beechdale Road, on Thursday January 27
The 41-year-old overstayed the free parking limit by 13 minutes while he took his disabled father in law and mother in law out for drinks and shopping at the retail park.
Mr Poxson who did not realise there was time limit, received a £90 fine but has since appealed it.
Lidl said the company which operates the car park are currently reviewing his appeal.
He said: “We always use the same car park, we go to Costa or go to look at the shops.
“I’ve never had any issues, but I’m still angry now about it all.
“I’ve got a pounding headache, I feel sick to my stomach, it really ruined my day.”
Mr Poxson, who works part-time and looks after his disabled step son, said he feels incredibly anxious about the possibility of having to do extra hours to pay for the fine, which will mean his stepson will miss out on necessary care.
He added: “I help care for him so I work part-time.
“If I can’t afford it I’ll have to pick up more shifts, which might mean that I’ll have to cancel appointments for my stepson as I’ve got to work.
“I don’t get the chance to take my in laws out often, they feel really guilty about it, it’s such a shame.”
Mr Poxson thinks that a new system should be introduced, and shoppers should be able to spend as much time as needed for their day out.
He added: “It’s unfair punishing the person that has gone shopping or gone for a coffee.
“I will not be using it again, I refuse to go, I’ll find somewhere else to go where I won’t be charged.”
A spokesperson for Lidl GB said: “We have car park management systems in place to help ensure availability of parking spaces for customers. In the extremely unfortunate event that a customer believes they have wrongfully received a parking charge, we encourage them appeal via the process outlined on their parking charge notice and explain their situation.
“Charges can be investigated and if necessary, cancelled as swiftly as possible. We can confirm that Parkingeye have received and currently reviewing Mr Poxon’s appeal, and will update him directly of the outcome in due course.”
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