Motorists warn others against using or driving in a parking lot in a disused pub in Leamington after being fined for it.
Charlie and Alan, who have requested their last names to be kept anonymous, have both fallen victim to parking cameras set up by private company UKPS based in Leamington, which is still operating in the closed Waterside Inn parking lot. next to McDonald’s. Drive Thru in Queensway.
And both now warn motorists against entering and using the parking lot.
Charlie said: “After I got in and parked I realized the pub was closed so after reading the very poorly written and posted sign I entered a new postcode into my GPS and drove off.
“The total time I spent in the parking lot was about four or five minutes.
“In order to validate parking in this car park, the sign indicates that you must enter your registration number on the tablet in the pub, but since it is closed this is not possible.
“Two weeks later I am fined in the mail from the UKPS of £ 100 which could be £ 60 if paid within 14 days or increased to £ 160 if lawyers have to get involved.
“Research has shown that this £ 60 increase is in fact not allowed.
“I appealed this fine and received a response within 20 minutes stating that my appeal was dismissed and threatening legal action if I did not pay the fine.
“Since this is a complete injustice. I started doing some research, and just typing the ad’s name into Google brings up hundreds of people who have been scammed the same way.”
“This has left me now with the prospect – based on the experience of other people – of many threatening legal letters and the potential for a small claims court summons.
“I intend to fight this in court if necessary and have all the necessary evidence if necessary.
“But this process means that for the next six years, I have to keep this evidence, and also notify UKPS and its lawyers of any change of address, in case they file a claim in court at an old address. , which would allow me to get a county court judgment, which can be much worse. “
Alan used the parking lot for around 40 minutes as he took his daughter to a nearby park, believing that with the pub currently closed the parking system would no longer work.
He then received a letter with a fine of up to £ 160 which, after twice appealing to the UKPS and contacting Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western as well as the County of Warwickshire and Warwick District Council, ended up paying for fear it would affect his credit. Evaluation.
He wants the car park to be blocked to prevent others from being liable to fines.
Alan said: “There is a big sign over there, but no way to register your vehicle anymore and the whole place just looks disused.
UKPS was called in to manage the pub’s parking lot in 2018.
The pub has been closed since the start of the last lockdown with no confirmed date as to its reopening.
The Courier has contacted UKPS for comment.
The AA has provided some useful information to motorists regarding private parking operators.