Pensioner couple hit with £50 fine trying to leave car park


An OAP couple were dismayed after being handed a £50 fine – for getting stuck in a traffic jam while trying to leave a retail park.

David Burditt, 76, and his wife Angela, 68, had parked at the St Peter's Retail Park in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, where visitors are allowed a 45-minute free stay period.

After visiting the shops, the couple left well within the allotted time.

However, they soon became stuck in a long queue of cars attempting to leave the park.

While in the jam, they were spotted by Parking Eye, a system that monitors the amount of time that drivers spend in the retail park.

They were then sent a fine for £50 for overstaying the free parking period.

Mrs Burditt told the Mirror: "We couldn't believe it. Had we gone over the time because we were shopping then fair enough, but we were over by about 15 minutes because the car park was gridlocked.

"It was really busy. I counted that while we waited the traffic lights leading onto the ring road changed four times before we were able to exit the park.

"We had finished shopping and were just trying to leave."

A spokesman for Parking Eye told the Mirror: "People using this car park have a responsibility to make sure they do not exceed the free parking limit otherwise a parking charge will become payable.

"If, however, they feel they should not have received a charge due to mitigating circumstances, we encourage people to submit an appeal, and instructions about how to do this are detailed on all communication and on our website."