04 Aug Coronavirus: Man given ‘ridiculous’ parking fine after stopping for drive-through COVID-19 test | UK News
A motorist says he was “flabbergasted” to receive a parking fine after stopping for a drive-through coronavirus test.
Geoff Pugh said he was handed the £90 penalty charge notice (PCN) from Highview Parking after taking his family for a throat and mouth swab in the car park at Edmonton Green Shopping Centre in Enfield, north London, on 7 July.
The 52-year-old photographer said it was “completely ridiculous to charge someone for looking after the health of their family”.
The site has been used for testing during the coronavirus lockdown period.
Mr Pugh, from Stoke Newington, east London, said: “At first I thought it was just a genuine fine, so I was about to pay it, but when I looked into where it happened and realised what it was, I was flabbergasted.
“I think it’s completely ridiculous to charge someone for looking after the health of their family, neighbours and work colleagues.
“I didn’t even leave the car the whole time I was there.”
Mr Pugh said he was in the car park for 23 minutes with his wife and two children – aged nine and 11 – and followed all of the advice from staff directing him where to go.
His vehicle was detected by a camera using automatic number plate recognition.
Highview Parking said it would cancel any PCNs issued to visitors “incorrectly”.
A spokesman said: “The car park terms and conditions and the pay-for-parking system and tariff are set by our client – we do not have any involvement in setting these rules, or indeed when they do or do not charge for parking.
“We cannot confirm whether or not the car park has been repurposed by Enfield Council, just that we have been asked to suspend enforcement activity on specific days and times where they have agreed to provide space for COVID-19 testing.
“However the car park is still being used for retail during this time. As these are specific dates, we rely on notification of those dates in advance.
“July 7 was an occasion where we were only notified that the site had been used for COVID-19 testing more than a week later, and PCNs were already issued.
“We will cancel any PCNs that have been issued to visitors incorrectly on this or any other specified date where testing is taking place.”