Couple hit with parking fine for leaving car on their drive

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Niall McCarthy's car parked on his drive - where he received a parking ticket. See MASONS story MNTICKET: A man was shocked to return home from work to find traffic wardens had slapped a parking ticket on his car - despite it being parked on his drive. Niall McCarthy, 49, has been using his tiny driveway since 2002 and hasn't had any problems with parking fines before. He has even propped a piece of wood in front of his house which allows the family to drive within a centimetre of their wall without hitting the building. He said: "It is just laughable really. The car was as tight to the house as we can get it.
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A couple were enraged to return to their car to find it had been given a parking ticket – despite it being left on their drive.

Niall McCarthy and his wife Amanda have parked their car on their driveway in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, since 2002 and never encountered any problems. Mr McCarthy has even installed a block of wood on to the front of the house to be able to park their car as close as possible.

However, despite putting the vehicle as tight to the wall as it could get, the car was still issued with a £35 fine – which will rise to £70 if not paid within 14 days.

Mr McCarthy told the Daily Mail: "It is just laughable really. The car was as tight to the house as we can get it. The fact they had to physically walk onto my drive to put the ticket on just shows how ridiculous it is.

"If it is one of the traffic wardens I know, I'll be a little miffed because it is a small town and I know a few of them.

Niall McCarthy's wife Amanda with their car parked on their drive - where they received a parking ticket. See MASONS story MNTICKET: A man was shocked to return home from work to find traffic wardens had slapped a parking ticket on his car - despite it being parked on his drive. Niall McCarthy, 49, has been using his tiny driveway since 2002 and hasn't had any problems with parking fines before. He has even propped a piece of wood in front of his house which allows the family to drive within a centimetre of their wall without hitting the building. He said: "It is just laughable really. The car was as tight to the house as we can get it.

"We are going to try and contest it because I have always been told as long as I am not over the yellow line, there isn't a problem."

Mrs McCarthy had left the car parked on the drive during the day, after deciding to take the train to attend a meeting in London.

A spokesperson for East Herts District Council, which issued the ticket, said: "We will be happy to consider any information the motorist wishes to provide and will take it into account if the motorist takes up the right to challenge the penalty charge notice."