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Ill tot's mum gets parking fine

Reporter: Rosalyn Roden
Date online: 21 April 2017

A MUM has complained after receiving an "unfair" parking fine while her baby was in intensive care.

Mellissa O'Neill was visiting her newborn baby Jacob O'Neill-Loynes, now five months old, at the Royal Oldham Hospital when she was slapped with a parking charge notice (PCN).

The PCN was handed out despite her car registration being logged with the hospital as exempt from parking fees.

Mellissa had to have an emergency 'C' section to give birth to Jacob three weeks early, but her son had to remain in the hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) between November 18 and 30. She was told she could visit and park for free due to the nature of the visits.

However, she returned to her vehicle on November 27 to find the PCN on her car. She immediately queried the ticket.

Mellissa, from Derker, has not made a formal complaint to the hospital, but made several complaints to the two firms which have since informed her that she must pay parking fines.

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which oversees the Royal Oldham Hospital, said it would look into the situation and arrange to have the ticket cancelled as well as making its car parking provider aware that the matter is resolved.

Mellissa said: "My baby was really poorly and a ticket was the last thing I needed.

"The ticket warden must know who is exempt."

She then received a £30 PCN through the post from Civil Enforcement Ltd. Mellissa made a formal complaint to the firm and said she would not pay the fine.

She was asked to provide evidence that Jacob had been in the ICU at the time she received the ticket.

The health trust provided her with the evidence in a letter which was passed on to the parking company, but Mellissa was then told the fine had risen to £170.

On refusing to pay this increased sum, a debt agency ZZPN Ltd then made contact with Mellissa.

She said: "I was asked to provide a letter from the hospital which I sent and now they are still insisting I have to pay.

"The whole situation has increased my stress levels. It isn't good enough.

"The weeks are going on and on and it is making me more and more angry."

ZZPN and Civil Enforcement Ltd were approached for comment, but neither firm had responded at the time of publication.

Comments

Shocking.

Dreadful decision.

It's not the parking firms that are to blame they are in business to make money. It's the hospitals and supermarkets that employ them who should be ashamed of themselves. Go to any retail park or supermarket now and you will find signs, not clearly posted but then how would they make money, limiting your allowed time for parking and the time in which you are allowed to return. Fleecing motorists has become a national industry. Fleecing parents at a Hospital is a national disgrace.

These people are absolute rogues. Mellissa certainly shouldn't be having to deal with such criminals with what she has just been through. I very much doubt the enforcement agencies have a leg to stand on. I would also be seeking compensation via a solicitor Mellissa.

What has she got to complain about?, it is not as if she had just been rushed in to hospital is it!, she has no defence as she knows the rules like everyone else. As for these rogue companies and some are!, but who are the real idiots? I have to ask as the parking attendents/traffic wardens did not ask them to park there, they seem to think rules do ot apply to them,

i think shaw_resident is right in most ways apart from saying the parking firms arent to blame, these unscrupulous vultures prey on anyone without hesitation. even vechiles with exemption.. the jobsworths they employ cannot walk by a car even with no reason to buy a ticket

Just remember when in this general election when you get a chance to question the candidates, ask them if they believe in democracy, then when they answer yes as they inevitably will, ask why it is that in a democracy the people who make the laws are not elected and cannot be removed from office.
This parking law was made by our judges changing the law elected representatives had made.
I do not believe this power should be given to them without democratic representation.

It comes as no surprise that ZZPN and Civil Enforcement have not commented. They don't even respond when you try to contact them yourself. Most advice on the internet suggests to ignore them and eventually they go away. Leeches.

Even Dick Turpin wore a mask.

 

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