‘Never going back’: Driver hit with £100 fine on free car park because her car was too big

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Tracey Carlisle, 57, was returning a faulty car alarm for her elderly mother at The Range in Newark, near Nottingham. When she returned to her car after “a matter of minutes” she found a fixed penalty notice on her car, despite it being a free car park.

She claimed her Nissan Navara 4×4 pick-up was too big for any of the spaces at Beacon Hill Retail Park, in Newark, so she was forced to park over two bays.

Tracey said she straddled the white lines so she and her husband Graham, 61, could get out of the vehicle without hitting other car doors.

The couple returned the alarm and came back to their car 15 minutes later to see a ticket on their windscreen.

Speaking about the incident Ms Carlisle said: “I am not denying that we were parked straddling a bay but it wasn’t done to be inconsiderate.

“We drive a Nissan Navara, which is 5.3 metres long and nearly two metres wide so we wouldn’t fit into a normal bay.

“I had bruising at the time and couldn’t get out of the car properly so needed the extra space to open the door fully.

“We know the car park, and the wall beside us means we are not sticking out into the flow of traffic. We always park aware of other people.

“We go in a corner where we can have two bays together so we can get in and out of the vehicle, as we need to get the doors wide open to get into it because it’s high.”

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She contested the fine given to her by the operators of the car park, UKCPS, on November 26.

This could be reduced to £60 upon appeal.

She added: “I appealed. We were only in The Range ten or 15 minutes returning a smoke alarm.

“If we were in a single bay I simply wouldn’t have been able to get out of the passenger side of the vehicle.

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