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Motorist gets £50 parking ticket in Blackburn - for being 38 seconds late
A MOTORIST was left fuming after he received a £50 parking fine for being just 38 seconds late - a charge of £1.32 per second.
Adam Lorgat, 31, came back to his Volkswagen Golf in Church Street, Blackburn, to find the ticket on his windscreen.
He had taken his disabled mother shopping in the market and had paid 30p to park.
His ticket expired at 4.28pm and he was stunned to discover the fine had already been given and the warden was nowhere to be seen.
Mr Lorgat, who owns Enzio Designs in Copy Nook, Blackburn, said: “I had just taken my mum to do her shopping in the market. She is disabled so it is limited how far she can walk.
I came out and found the ticket on my windscreen. I must have just missed the warden.
“For him to get that ticket printed and on my windscreen and disappear by the time I came out he must have been waiting.”
Mr Lorgat said his mother always insisted on using the market, but the charge meant he no longer intended to shop in the town centre.
He wrote a letter of objection to the fine, issued by Blackburn with Darwen Council, which said: “This seems very harsh to me.
“I was disappointed to see the ticket and when I checked my watch it was just seconds over my allocated time.”
The council dismissed his appeal, informing him there were no grounds for a cancellation of the ticket as it had run out.
Shear Brow councillor Suleman Khonat said he would fight the parking charge on Mr Lorgat’s behalf.
He said: “It seems excessive to me. If you go by the book then yes, he has gone against the ticket.
“But over the past few years we have done a lot of work to get people to use the market.
“We need to encourage people to come to the town centre, not force them away because of ridiculous parking enforcement.”
Blackburn with Darwen Council executive member for Regeneration, Coun Dave Harling, said: “Mr Lorgat was correctly issued with this fine.
“As the informal challenge has been rejected, he currently has two options, either make the payment at a reduced rate or go forward with a formal appeal.”