Grandmother’s challenge to fine rejected

A picture taken by the parking attendant of the grandmother's car.

A picture taken by the parking attendant of the grandmother's car.

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The DRD has rejected a challenge to a parking fine imposed on a Portadown grandmother on January 30 at Magowan Buildings.

Photographs submitted on behalf of Mrs Lesley Thompson (65), a semi-retired care worker, are at variance with two sent by the DRD – all have been supplied to the Portadown Times - with Mrs Thompson also having called in Upper Bann MP David Simpson to lodge an appeal.

This picture clearly shows the car within the white lines of the parking space.

This picture clearly shows the car within the white lines of the parking space.

The Thompson pictures show her silver Honda – registration LCZ 3431 – parked totally inside the lines of a parking bay, and these, plus her story, were carried in the Portadown Times in early February. The DRD said at the time that all appeals were carefully considered.

The DRD have carried out this procedure. They state that the traffic attendant’s pictures – “taken when he issued the ticket” - show the same car parked outside a designated parking area and with a parking ticket appended to the windscreen.

This week, the DRD made it clear they were rejecting the challenge - “A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) was correctly issued in Magowan Buildings Car Park on 30 January 2015 at approximately 11:27am to vehicle LCZ 3431, a sliver Honda.

“Following a challenge made to the Department by a local elected representative on behalf of the driver, that the PCN was not issued correctly, the Department investigated the matter, as it does in all such challenges.

“It has been established, with supporting photographic evidence taken by the traffic attendant at the time of the offence that the PCN was issued correctly to the vehicle. It was parked entirely outside a parking bay and was causing a hazard to other road users and pedestrians.”

Mrs Thompson said that she had originally parked facing the High Street Mall in the wrong place, and when she returned, she re-parked and then went to Poundstretchers at Magowan Buildings. “I didn’t see a parking ticket until I returned from Poundstretchers,” she insisted. “And that’s why I asked Mr Simpson to lodge the appeal.”

The MP’s office issued a statement that, when asked to appeal on behalf of a constituent, he normally did so, and then left it up to the DRD to process the matter.