A parking enforcement company says losing a recent court case will not “prejudice” future fines.
ParkingEye said there is no legal principal that will affect future cases after it lost a case at St Albans County Court this month.
Borehamwood resident Dominic Martin was awarded £108.50 costs, including £5 for parking in a “proper” car park, over two parking fines from Borehamwood Shopping Park
The company claimed Mr Martin had exceeded the time limit in the car park on Theobald Street on two occasions, in December 2012 and January 2013.
A ParkingEye spokesman said: “Demand for ParkingEye’s services is driven by its clients, who want their car parks to be used in the way they are intended. We understand that genuine mistakes are sometimes made, however, and operate an audited appeals process, encouraging people to appeal if they feel there are mitigating circumstances.
“If a motorist disagrees with our decision they have the option to appeal to the independent appeals service (POPLA). Unfortunately Mr Martin chose not to use the appeals route so we took the matter to the small claims court.
“Although ParkingEye wins the majority of its cases, it lost this one on the individual facts of the case and not on an overarching legal principle that would prejudice claims of this nature in general. The judge agreed, however, with the principle, that parking needs to be managed via a charging system.”