PARKING fines are being handed out to drivers who use their tickets to move from car park to car park in Ilkeston in what is being dubbed a ‘sneaky’ change of rules.
Most Thursdays for the past 10 years, Brian Aram, of Awsworth, has parked in the Erewash Borough Council-owned car park in Wilton Place, off Bath Street, buying a £1 ticket for a two hour-stay.
Last Thursday after shopping for 20 minutes, he, as usual, drove to the council-owned Queens Street car park, off South Street, to continue further up town.
The only difference was that this time when he returned, his car had been slapped with a £50 fine.
“It seems a bit sneaky of the council,” he said.
“I’ve been parking there for years and years and never had a parking fine.
“I think they change the rules to suit themselves.”
In small print the ticket stated it was ‘not transferrable between car parks’, but tickets Mr Aram has saved from February and July this year say: ‘Valid on any borough council car park’.
Mr Aram said there were no signs up in either car park to warn him of the change.
“How am I supposed to know I can’t do that any more with only tiny writing on my ticket to let me know?” he asked.
“They must be getting lots of people like this. Why are there no signs up?”
But the council has insisted the rules have not changed and blamed a printing error on previous tickets.
Council neighbourhood manager Scott Cartledge said: “This has always been the case and civil enforcement officers will issue penalty charge notices to any driver they see who does not have the correct pay and display ticket in their vehicle.
“Unfortunately, we are aware there was a printing error, containing an incorrect message, on previous pay and display tickets and these have been withdrawn.”
He added: “Tickets are not transferable between vehicles and our car parks, which have differing charge rates.”
He has invited Mr Aram to call him to discuss his fixed penalty notice.