Durham Fire Department parking nightmare about a fine for turning around at the airport gas station
A Durham firefighter who fought for a year over a £ 60 fine for turning over in a petrol garage was eventually forced to pay.
Ian Moore, the director of the Durham fire station, said he was on his way to a meeting at Castle Donington fire station in Leicestershire on January 22 last year when he accidentally took a bad turn.
He used the BP garage near East Midlands Airport to stop and reprogram his GPS, claiming he had stopped for about seven seconds and had not got out of his response car at the blue light.
Mr Moore says the car was in the garage forecourt for a total of 23 seconds but, despite this, a ticket still arrived at the Durham Fire Station a few days later demanding he pay a fine of £ 60 for stopping in a “ non-stop ” zone. .
Mr. Moore, 48, said Nottinghamshire Live: “Satellite navigation took us around a wrong turn – it got us into a dead end.
“There was paid parking as we went along, but since we weren’t flying anywhere, I just parked in the garage, reset the satellite navigation and went back the other way.
“No one got out of the car, but I got this letter saying ‘you pulled over in a non-stop area” and then fined £ 60. “
Mr. Moore immediately appealed the fine, attempting to explain the circumstances of the incident to vehicle control services, which issue the PCN notices to motorists.
However, over a year later, she was told her appeal had been rejected.
After his appeal was dismissed, Mr. Moore made the decision to pay the fine.
“It was my work vehicle,” he continued.
“I was driving, so I felt compelled to pay the fine. If we had seen the signs we wouldn’t have turned around there – just thinking it was a garage forecourt we obviously thought it was okay to turn around. “
He added: “It’s amazing to charge fire departments for turning around on a garage forecourt when we’re supposed to be there to protect the public, especially once the circumstances have been reviewed by appeal. – which took over a year.
“I can’t believe they are allowed to get away with this.”
A spokesperson for Vehicle Control Services Ltd said: “The terms and conditions for prohibiting vehicles from stopping from parking on Red Route roads and access roads are clearly defined on numerous signs around the airport road network and in particular in the gas station area.
“Mr. Moore’s vehicle was recorded by our mobile CCTV vehicle which was stationary on a driveway through the forecourt of the gas station directly beside the double red lines and one of our signs announcing the “no-stop” requirement. 40 seconds and did not display hazard lights to indicate a problem and was therefore clearly parked in a way that caused potential danger and obstruction to other motorists using the station -service.
“While we note from Mr. Moore that he is a firefighter with the County Durham and Darlington Fire Department, who frequented the Castle Donnington Fire Hall, we would like to point out that the vehicle Mr. Moore was driving was not marked or delivered in any way to identify it as an emergency service vehicle and likewise, it did not attend or respond to any emergency, but was in fact stopped in such a way as to cause a potential accident so check the directions.
“We are satisfied that the parking fee was issued correctly and consider the matter closed as the parking fee was subsequently paid.”