Retiree fined for promoting dog in B&Q parking lot rescinds penalty notices
A retiree who has been convicted multiple times for parking his car to walk his dog has had his fines waived.
Kevin Johnson, 69, was shocked when he received nine penalty notices for parking in B&Q parking lot on Edge Lane while walking his dog in February and March this year.
He had racked up hundreds of pounds in fines after being confused by the “NO NIGHT PARKING” sign.
Mr Johnson interpreted the wording of the sign to mean not to leave his car in the parking lot overnight and not to use it for 10 minutes while walking his dog.
However, Smart Parking – the company that manages the parking lot – told ECHO there were “clear warnings” which Mr Johnson had “decided to ignore”.
After the story was published by ECHO in March, many people said the parking lot signage was open for interpretation.
Wavertree MP Paula Barker also read the story and discussed her case with B&Q and landowners, Savills.
Thanks to the MP’s intervention, the potential £ 900 fines Mr Johnson received have now been waived.
In a statement, the MP said, “I am extremely grateful to the team at B&Q and Savills for their help in resolving the issue and canceling tickets.
“I know this is a huge relief for Kevin and I’m happy my office can help him.
“I have asked Savills to consider reviewing the signage on the site to avoid any misunderstanding in the future.”
Speaking to ECHO, Mr Johnson said he was relieved to no longer have to pay the fines.
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He said, “It’s like a big weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
“I would still like to see the wording changed so that other people don’t fall into the same trap.
“People who are learning to drive normally go to an empty parking lot and even driving instructors could fall victim to this.
“To be fair I saw a policeman parked inside one night and I was walking the dog. I walked over to him while he was parked in front of one of the signs that said ‘no parking. night “.
“I said ‘can I choose your brain – how do you interpret this sign in front of you?’ And he said exactly what he said – “no overnight parking”.
“So I explained what happened and he said, ‘Are you kidding?’
“He said it was an absolute joke and if it was private land why not put gates or bollards across.”
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Mr Johnson said when he started receiving the penalty notices it caused him a lot of concern which caused his blood pressure to ‘explode’.
He added: “I would like to thank MP Paula Barker, her staff and ECHO for leading the story. Especially the MP for fighting the corner for me.
“I have to admit it was very worrying for me and I had a few sleepless nights.”
ECHO has contacted B&Q and the operators of Smart Parking Ltd for comment.