Motorist seeks compensation over 'unfair' parking ticket
An OAP driver is demanding £2,282 in compensation from his local council, claiming that an unfair parking ticket has caused him 'stress and suffering'.
Lancashire resident Jonathan Dickson claimed he was unaware that he still needed to print out a ticket while making use of a fifteen-minute free period at a Bury car park.
He appealed the £75 penalty he received for not correctly displaying a parking ticket, which was later quashed by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.
Despite this, Mr Dickson is now suing Bury council to cover his expenses in appealing the ticket, as well as compensation for grief and distress caused.
Speaking to The Mirror, Mr Dickson said: "I have yet to find someone who understands how you could get a ticket for not displaying a parking ticket, to get 15 minutes free parking.
"Their action has cost me quite a lot of expense in terms of time and money, and they haven't even bothered to apologise.
"It has caused me months of sleepless nights. They have not even considered apologising, and that really hurts."
This isn't the first time Mr Dickson has brought legal action against a local authority. He previously won £160 from North Yorkshire County Council over damage done to his car by a pothole.
At the time he claimed it was only his tenacity in chasing up his claim that resulted in the Council paying out compensation for the damage.
In response to his current claim, a council spokesman said: "Mr Dickson was issued with a penalty charge notice because he had not obtained a ticket when he parked his car in Silver Street," reported The Mirror.
"Even though, at the time, we allowed drivers to park for 15 minutes without charge, we still required them to obtain and display a ticket.
"It was so that our enforcement officers would know how long a driver had been parked for.
"Mr Dickson lodged an appeal with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.
"The tribunal found in his favour, and therefore we cancelled the penalty charge notice and considered the matter closed.
"The tribunal did not award Mr Dickson any costs, and he has submitted no evidence to the council to support his compensation claim for stress or distress."