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Taxi driver fuming over parking fine at airport after ticket blew out her hand

She had to drive through the barrier to pick it up when the wind took it

By Olimpia Zagnat Community Reporter
Jenny Moody Senior reporter
09:29, 9 NOV 2021



Kim Blagden fell foul of the airport's tough 'no stopping' rules

A taxi driver who stopped to pick up a parking receipt after it blew out of her hands has been left upset after she was fined.

Kim Blagden was at East Midlands Airport and entered through the barrier to drop off her passengers at their destination. She had paid a £4 charge for a "rapid drop off".

The driver then went to the payment machine while in the vehicle to collect the receipt, which she needed to claim her expenses.

When she was about to collect it however, the wind blew the receipt to the ground.

She said: "I could not open the door to pick up the receipt because there was not enough space, so I drove through the barrier.

"And then I literally stopped the other side of the barrier that went down and I went to pick up my receipt off the floor."

The Castle Donington airport estate roads, however, are red-routed and “no stopping” signs are in place to discourage drivers from waiting in undesignated parking areas when dropping off and collecting passengers.

Kim added: "It is not like I stopped to let passengers out so I was avoiding paying the drop off charge that has already been paid.

"I had stopped to get my receipt to claim the parking charge back from the company.

"They say I stopped where I should not have done, but I stopped because I needed to go and pick something up that I dropped.

"It fell on the floor outside the vehicle."

She said she was issued with a £60 fine following the incident, and then it was increased to £100 because it wasn't paid within 14 days.

Kim, who no longer works for taxi company DG Cars, said she left the firm to deal with the problem on her behalf.

A spokesperson for DG cars said: "We can confirm that we re-appealed a number of times and it has been rejected every single time.

"We think it is unfair and we have been dealing with this for over a year now."

Kim, 49, from Nottingham, said she received yet another negative response on Thursday, November 4.

However, after it was approached by out sister website Nottinghamshire Live, an airport spokesman confirmed her parking fine has been cancelled and apologised "for any inconvenience and worry this has caused".

The spokesman said: "The safety of people visiting East Midlands Airport (EMA) is of paramount importance and controlling the traffic flow across the airport site is key to this. For this reason, airport estate roads are red-routed and 'no stopping' signage is clearly visible to discourage drivers from waiting in undesignated parking areas when dropping off and collecting passengers.

“All drivers have a choice of drop-off and pick-up parking at the airport. A 15-minute stay in rapid drop off costs £5, while 30 minutes in short stay 1 car park is £6. One hour’s free parking can also be had in Long Stay 2.”

A representative for Vehicle Control Services Ltd, which operates the enforcement at the airport, added: "The management of the roadways at East Midlands Airport is to ensure the safe passage of vehicles around the site and deter vehicles from stopping or parking in areas that would lead to a potential safety hazard to pedestrians and other road users.

"On the 15th July 2020 our mobile CCTV Enforcement vehicle observed Ms Blagden's vehicle parked in the exit lane to one of the airport parking areas, causing a potential obstruction to other vehicles.

"The captured footage clearly showed the vehicle parked and was in no obvious signs of distress or emergency as its hazard lights were not active, as a result, it was considered the vehicle was stopped in an unsafe manner and was issued a Parking Charge Notice for stopping a vehicle where Stopping is Prohibited.

"Ms Blagden appealed the notice and this was initially declined by ourselves as the footage did not sufficiently support Ms Blagden's mitigation to the event.

"However, following a further review of additional evidence provided by her to the Independent Appeals Service, we decided to cancel the charge and allow the appeal on the grounds that Ms Blagden did pay for her parking and had a reasonable cause to stop, although we would have advised that in such circumstances it would have been appropriate to have hazard lights on to alert other vehicles of the situation."

https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/local-news/taxi-driver-fuming-over-parking-6179534

 


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