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Driving Fine: Driver fined for parking in highway hard shoulder

An apparent attempt to avoid parking fees proved very costly for the driver. The motorist was hit with a fine after attempting to park on the shoulder while waiting to pick up people at Manchester Airport.

The driver was most likely trying to avoid the parking fees or traffic associated with the airport.

However, their attempt was thwarted after traffic police officers spotted the unsafe and illegal parking lot.

North West Highways Police officers found the parked car on Friday and hit the driver with a Traffic Infraction Report (TOR) along with a fixed fine.

In a social media post, the force said: ‘Driver seen by ME54 pulled over on hard shoulder at Manchester Airport waiting to pick up people – TOR issued.’

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Some people responded by expressing their shock at the action while others said it was an all too common occurrence.

One user wrote: “I just don’t see the point of parking people on hard shoulders, yes I know airport parking can be expensive but I’m pretty sure it’s not not the equivalent cost of the fine unless y’all are there during the week?!”

Another commented: ‘I drive a bus around the airport and it’s ridiculous how many people park on the hard shoulder, roundabouts in road traffic cones where construction works take place on the sidewalks next to the bus station entrance need to put some cameras up and fine people.

The news comes after a taxi driver was ordered to pay £2,700 in repair costs after he smashed a Glasgow airport ticket machine which charged him £4 for parking.

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Atif Amin became furious after being told he had to pay £4 to use the drop off and pick up service.

The taxi driver insisted that his disabled parking badge gave him free entry into the NCP car park.

After being told he had to pay the fee, Amin smashed the payment machine’s display screen with a torch, causing £2,700 in damage.

Assistant Prosecutor Amber Feeney told Paisley Sheriff Court the incident happened at Glasgow Airport’s NCP car park at around 5.20am on January 4 last year.

“Amin then grabbed a torch from his vehicle and smashed the screen four times, causing it to explode.”

The court heard the aggrieved father-of-two then paid the £4 parking fee to gain access.

Ms Feeney added: ‘Police have been contacted due to damage to the machine.

“The amount of damages amounted to £2,700.

“Police viewed CCTV and took note of his registration number and when questioning the accused he said ‘The parking lot refused to lift the barrier.’

“He was not warned and charged at that time.”

John Smith

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