Parking firm tried to charge me £100 for 20 minutes – but I took drastic action and now I’ve had the last laugh | The Sun

A FUMING pensioner says a parking firm tried to charge him £100 for 20 minutes – but he's had the last laugh after taking drastic action.

Stanley Luckhurst, 85, from Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire, paid £1.60 to leave his Citroen Berlingo at a car park in Uxbridge, west London.

But Stanley mistakenly parked in a reserved space – blaming the bad lighting in the underground car park.

He said: "It was so dark, you couldn’t see a sausage, let alone a parking sign."

The operator of the car park slapped Stanley with a £100 fine – then demanded another £70 in "debt collection costs" when he refused to pay up.

Stanley noticed that a snap of his number plate included in the penalty notice used flash, proving that the signs were hard to see.

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When Excel Parking brought a case against him at the Royal Courts of Justice, he pointed out the tell-tale detail.

District Judge McCloskey took just a few minutes to dismiss Excel's claim for £255 – and handed it a £306 bill to cover Stanley's legal costs.

Stanley said: "I strongly resent how Excel tried to turn a £1.60 parking fee into a £100 fine and ultimately into a demand for £255.

"Legal or not, it’s bordering on extortion. Let’s hope the Government’s proposed new Parking Code of Practice will address these failings."

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