Driver feared £300 in penalties after Banbury town centre car park 'error'
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“I tried calling the number on the display sign repeatedly but couldn’t get through. After many attempts I eventually got a ticket which I displayed on my car. But I didn’t keep it afterwards,” said Ms Coverley, of Shutford.
She then received a £100 fine and expected two more for the other occasions on which she had had problems. Checks showed the three payments had not been taken from her bank in spite of tickets being issued. By this time two machines in the car park had been marked ‘out of order’.
Ms Coverley, a support worker for people with disabilities, uses the town centre car parks once a week.
An NCP spokesman said: “We can confirm the reason for the PCN (penalty notice) is because the customer only put the last two letters of her vehicle registration number into the machine for payment which meant our teams would have no way of knowing which vehicle the payment was intended for.
"Our systems are working fine; we can see just under 200 customers paid around the same time using their full and correct vehicle registration number, so we can confirm there were no issues with the machines but just a customer error.
"As a gesture of goodwill we are happy in this instance to cancel the PCN, but it’s best a customer contacts us directly when they realise their mistake and we can easily resolve it for them. We urge all customers to check they input the correct (registration number) into the machine to avoid any mistaken non-payments for the vehicle on site.”
Ms Coverley has heard nothing about the two other occasions she parked at the Marlborough Road car park, for which payment had not been taken.