Parking wardens vow to continue crackdown at Lincoln shopping centre
Wardens have vowed to continue fining drivers who break parking rules at a Lincoln shopping centre despite a string of complaints.
Fines of £100 are now being dished out to motorists at the Carlton Centre after the site's owners employed a private security firm.
Leeds-based UKCPS began managing parking at the centre at the end of August.
UKCPS manager Peter Haswell would not be drawn on how many people have now been told to pay £100. But he said the bulk of tickets were issued to able-bodied people parking in disabled bays.
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"One of the parking conditions is that people are using the shops and facilities on site," said Mr Haswell.
"People must understand that spaces are put there because the tenant wants to provide them for their customers. If people park there and walk their dogs they are taking up available spaces for customers. When motorists park up they enter a contract and agree a charge if they fail to meet the conditions, which are clearly displayed on our signs."
Not displaying a badge in a disabled bay, using a mother and child space with children aged over 12 and parking and walking off-site will result in a £100 levy, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.
"People can appeal and we will consider mitigating circumstances," said Mr Haswell.
"If they can prove they were shopping at the centre at the time the ticket was issued, then we will look again at it."
The Echo is aware of one woman who was charged £100 for leaving the site to walk her dog, despite shopping at the Carlton Centre daily.
It is understood the ticket has since been withdrawn.
Another motorist has accused a car park attendant of being "ticket happy", apparently slapping a charge on a car as the owner left Lidl with a trolley full of shopping.
One woman, who walks with a stick, told the Echo she was ticketed for parking her husband's car in a disabled space.
She said she had forgotten to swap her blue badge over from her own car.
John East, 67, of Clarina Street, off Monks Road, Lincoln, said a common sense approach is needed.
"If someone is clearly disabled, the world is not going to end if they're not displaying a blue badge," said Mr East, a retired lab technician.
"If someone is absolutely breaking the rules, then fine, do something about it."