Sheffield mum battles fine for not parking in ‘marked bay’

Pictured is driver Samantha Devine who was baffled to discover she had been slapped with a ticket for not 'parking in marked bays - in a car park where there were NO bays marked.''rossparry.co.uk / Dougal Wallace
Pictured is driver Samantha Devine who was baffled to discover she had been slapped with a ticket for not 'parking in marked bays - in a car park where there were NO bays marked.''rossparry.co.uk / Dougal Wallace
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A MUM from South Yorkshire was baffled when she was hit with a ticket for not parking in marked bays - in a car park where there were no spaces marked.

Samantha Devine, aged 40, from Penistone, was given a fine for ‘obstructive parking’ in a car park where signs tell drivers to keep within marked bays.

But the site is a patch of rough ground - and Samantha is refusing to pay the £140 fine, which has gone up from £90 since she took her defiant stance.

The mum-of-four said she has been threatened with court action and bailiffs, and felt ‘so angry’ about the row.

“I couldn’t believe it when I found the ticket on my car - there was no reason to ticket me for not parking in the bays because there were no bays in the car park,” she said.

Samantha said she had a regular morning appointment in Huddersfield and arrived to find her usual car park was full.

“I found this car park around the corner. I paid £2 and parked in what I thought was a perfectly reasonable space at one side of the car park.

“It’s a square car park with three walls and I parked my car at a right-angle to the wall, exactly like the other motorists.

“By the time I got back at about 10.30am, the car park was jam-packed and there were cars everywhere parked higgledy-piggledy.”

Samantha said she then noticed the ticket on her car, adding: “I was absolutely shocked - I thought there had to be a mistake.”

The civil servant, who lives with partner James, 40, and two of her children, added: “I had quite a long conversation with the parking attendant, telling him I wasn’t obstructing anything.

“I asked him why there were no bays painted on the floor, no bollards, no parking attendants when drivers were pulling in and parking up, but he had no answer.

“I asked him how I could appeal against the ticket but he said I would have to wait until the final notice came through and there would be information on that.”

The final notice came through in March, five months after the incident last October, and Samantha wrote back saying she wouldn’t pay up - but she said the company, LDK Security Group, ‘wouldn’t budge’.

“I will not pay. The parking area is completely rough ground and there are no markings. The sign says drivers must park in the marked bays but that’s an impossibility.

The car park is on the site of a demolished furniture factory.

LDK Security were unable to comment on the incident.