We have heard of a number of cases where rowers have been sent fines of up to £100 from a company called ‘Parking Eye’ following their stay at a car park in Tower Road, Newquay over the Ladies County Championships weekend last month.
Some claim there was a problem with being able to tap in the registration number correctly because one of the letters wasn’t working properly on the machine’s keypad. In that case they have subsequently been fined, even though there is only one letter incorrect in their entry. Sarah King from Flushing & Mylor Pilot Gig Club said ‘Two people in different cars at our club received a hundred pound fine. Both bought full day tickets which on the board says till 10pm and both left before that time.”
We’d like to hear if this is something which has happened to many more rowers. Please leave a comment below if you have had this problem and let us know if you have had any success with an appeal.
*** Update December 2016: This issue is rolling on for some people. Some have had their fines completely dismissed, some are now on their final warning, with a rejection of their appeal from Popla. Christina, from Flushing & Mylor Pilot Gig Club has written in with a plea for others to help her final appeal:
Sorry to be beating a dead horse, but we are still in appeals with Private Eye and POPLA with regards to the parking charges on Tower Road. We have been denied three appeals and have one last chance before we are charged £100. Like many of you, we paid £7 and arrived at 10:15am, leaving at 5:40 pm. We paid the appropriate fine but unfortunately paid in cash. Because we also had issues with entering the correct registration number, we have been told we didn’t adhere to the terms of parking there.In the POPLA appeal, they have a copy of an internal email that states that “I have checked the machines and the old support tickets and can’t find anything in regards to a faulty key pad we have an attendant on site who would usually report an issue if he couldn’t fix it himself”It would be very helpful if people would be willing to email their Private Eye Parking Charge Number to me (email@example.com) to show this was a widespread issue. I’ll post the results of the appeal and I’m hoping it will be beneficial for all that have been dealing with this.