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Braintree: A fine mess for landlord over parking ticket row
3:00pm Monday 12th August 2013 in News
An angry landlord claims a parking permit system is not fit for purpose after a workman he had hired was asked to pay £224 in fines, despite him paying £80 for exemption from the usual restrictions.
Philip Coulson rents out a house in Mount Road, Braintree, and in January hired carpenter Robbie Belcher to help him refit the kitchen and bathroom.
Knowing there is a residents’ parking scheme in place, Mr Coulson phoned the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP), which is responsible for managing and enforcing the restrictions, and paid £80 for exemption for his and Mr Belcher’s vehicles for three days.
Although the call was made on the first of the three days and therefore the tickets would not arrive in time, Mr Coulson was allegedly assured parking enforcement officers would be aware of the exemption any way.
However, later the same day and again the day after, Mr Belcher was ticketed and asked to pay £35 fines.
After failing to resolve the matter, the fines then rose to £70, before Mr Coulson then received a letter last week from Northampton County Court Traffic Enforcement Centre ordering £112 is paid per ticket.
Mr Coulson, of Troys Farm, Black Notley, says he is not liable as it was not his vehicle but is determined to fight the tickets on Mr Belcher’s behalf.
A NEPP spokesman said “The circumstances surrounding these cases of PCNs issued in January 2013 have now been considered further by the partnership.
“We will be writing to both the resident and motorist receiving these PCNs to confirm the outcome.“
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