A driver recounted how he was fined £ 100 after parking just three inches above a bay he said was blocked by a huge pillar.
Damian Maj says he was stunned after receiving the sanction after leaving his Mazda at the Allison Street parking lot in the city center, owned by Hockley-based Premier Parking Logistics.
The maintenance engineer said he paid £ 2.20 for a ticket after visiting Birmingham for a day with his wife Agata and 18-month-old son Victor on August 1.
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He admitted to parking lightly over a bay that he didn’t think could be used by another vehicle due to a huge pillar in the front – yet Premier Parking Logistics insists the bay IS used by drivers.
Mr Shift, from Crick, near Rugby, told BirminghamLive: “I got back to my car and just couldn’t believe it so I took some pictures.
“The space (next to Mazda) was blocked off by a post that supports the roof. Obviously, no one can safely park in that space while maneuvering around that post.
“Since I’m a new dad, I was looking for spaces around the parking lot where I could fully open the car door to get my little one out of the car safely.
“So I moved my car a bit to the open space and covered a yellow line.
“When we got back I got a ticket for ‘Not Parked Wholly Within Bay’.
“I could absolutely agree with a ticket if I blocked another space or an access but then clearly another car cannot park there.”
Mr. Maj appealed to the company to cancel the ticket, but lost.
A spokesperson for Premier Parking Logistics said the bay WAS used by motorists and added that Mr. Maj had “admitted that they voluntarily parked over the bay for their own convenience, so acknowledged its responsibility.
“The terms and conditions which form the contract that the driver has agreed to abide by have been broken by the driver.
“The driver parked next to the sign with the terms and conditions. There is also a 24 hour phone number on the signs.
“We checked the back office and that day there were only 7 cars in the parking lot all day.
“There are 30 spaces in the car park which are all above the regulatory size recommended by local authorities.
“Today we took time stamped photos of the bay you claim to be obstructed with 2 cars on each side and the bay empty. We then took a time stamped photo of a vehicle parked in the bay and then comfortably exiting the bay. “
The company invited our reporter to the parking lot to see a vehicle parked in the bay, but we refused.
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