A woman was fined £260 while in a parent and child parking space for leaving her son in the vehicle.Rachel Bailey-Everest left her son in a child p
A woman was fined £260 while in a parent and child parking space for leaving her son in the vehicle.
Rachel Bailey-Everest left her son in a child parking space while she fetched him his medication, as he was unwell.
She used the parking space twice in four days and was fined as a result of leaving her children in the vehicle.
On two of the four occasions, she failed to take her children with her caused her to receive the penalty.
Rachel, from Cringleford, Norfolk, said: “I feel so annoyed. It’s just an easy way of making money out of people.
“I just saw a parents’ space and parked there. I thought that will do, my boy’s not well and I need to get in and get home.
“There’s no leeway and no humanity. With three children, that’s a lot of money for 20 minutes’ parking.”
She justifies leaving her poorly three-year-old Benjamin with older sisters Sofia, aged 10, and Amalia, aged seven, while she popped into the shop.
She said: “My little boy was not very well at the time and he had fallen asleep in the car.”
“I thought the space was close to the store so one of the girls could come and see me if they needed to. I think I was in the store for about eight minutes.”
She spent a total of 11 minutes away from the car, leaving her children unattended.
The National Parking Enforcement (NPE), which manages the car park, issued her a parking charge notice (PCN) requesting that she paid a £100 fine.
She also received a mother PCN but because she did not check the dates she assumed that they were for the same incident.
Her appeal for the fine was turned down and she was then charged and £60 for debt recovery fees for failing to pay the second fine.
She said: “I didn’t even know it was against the rules to leave your kids in the car in a parents’ parking space.
“I went back and read the small print on the sign and it did say you’ve got to be accompanied out of the vehicle by a child under the age of 12. I admit I didn’t see that.
“But the photos they sent me of my car in the space showed two other free parents’ spaces.
“I think the system is just there to get money from people, 100 per cent.
“They’re not interested in reasoning or sensible explanations. It just seems they’re trying to catch you out.”
She added: “I’ve got nothing against the East of England Co-op but I won’t ever go to that store again.”
An NPE spokesman said: “As the charge remained unpaid for a month after the letter of rejection was issued, the charge passed to our debt recovery agents.”
The company spokesman added: “No children exited the vehicle and therefore the driver did not require the extra space provided and should have parked in a regular parking bay.”