A mother-of-four from the UK said she was fined £70 (Rs 7,000) for stopping outside a school for just 30 seconds.
Katie Pender-Eccleston said she was driving her children to a gym class when she pulled up her car on a zig-zag line opposite a primary school briefly to let other cars pass.
But later, she was shocked to receive a £70 fine in the post by traffic authorities, according to reports. A clip shared with the family shows their silver Ford stopping towards the front of the zig-zag lines opposite Manor Community Primary School. The car lets a single vehicle through before waiting just under 30 seconds after two more cars stop to let traffic pass on the narrow street. But the video shows the Ford had stopped the markings.
“No one gets out the car. The picture, the actual photo the council sent, you can clearly see she is not parked. “You can only allow two cars to pull in ahead where they are waiting for the other cars,” he said.
“If the clip was 15 seconds longer you would have seen the context of where she drove up to let the traffic through. I find it ridiculous – she must have been waiting for 15 to 20 seconds before they have zoomed in to take the number plate,” he added.
The husband said the fine was wrongly imposed.
In another recent parking incident from the UK, a McDonald’s drive-thru customer was fined £400 (Rs 39,000) over a new parking rule.
According to reports, drive-thru customers are being fined if they stay in the car park for longer than 10 minutes. They are being clocked by CCTV as soon as they join the queue for food.
Richard Moore, from Walsall, West Midlands in the UK, said he has been fined four times at the McDonald’s outlet in Littleton.
He said that no prior information was given about the change in parking conditions.
“I continued to use McDonald’s and the car park as I had done for the past two years. I have now stopped this as it is far too risky as a drive-through customer to complete my purchase within 10 minutes,” he said.