I got a fine for parking outside my house – despite doing it for 22 years without a ticket

A DRIVER has told how he was slapped with a fine for parking outside his house – despite leaving his car in the same spot for 22 years without a ticket.

Mark Shrimpton, 62, was given a penalty charge notice by police in Mouswald, near Dumfries, Scotland.

He had popped out to walk his dog at 7am – and when he returned an hour later he found the ticket on his windscreen.

He told ITV: “The ticket said I was parked on an unlit road without lights during the hours of darkness, but I’ve parked in the exact same spot for 22 years without a problem.

“I’ve always parked there because my wife and daughter park their cars in the drive and there’s no space for mine. 

“I live just outside Mouswald between the village and the A75 and it’s the only house on the street. It’s a country road used by milk tankers and HGVs that get by no problem.

“The police pass my house at least twice every day on their way back and forth from doing speed checks on the A75 and this is the first time I’ve ever had a ticket.

“I contacted police who said once a ticket has been issued, it can’t be revoked, so it will need to go to court because I won’t pay. I need to know one way or another what the situation is as I could potentially receive a parking ticket every day for the rest of my life, even though I haven’t had one since.”

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Mr Shrimpton, who works at Alpha Solway in Annan is now disputing the fine that he believes makes no sense.

He added: “Maybe if the police had knocked on my door before issuing the ticket, it could have been resolved without a ticket.

"I could have told them I’ve parked there for 22 years and despite police cars passing every day, it’s never been a problem before."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Officers in Dumfries and Galloway can enforce legislation in relation to parking that is considered to be causing an obstruction or dangerous and in a number of other circumstances; including parking a vehicle on a road in certain conditions during hours of darkness without showing the lights or reflectors required by law.

"Each incident is assessed on its own merit and if deemed necessary a conditional offer of fixed penalty or a fixed penalty notice can be issued depending on the circumstances and offence.

"The recipient of a fixed penalty notice can request a court hearing within a specified period of time to challenge the circumstances in which the penalty was issued.

"If a person in receipt of a such a penalty does not pay the penalty within the required period of time, or request a court hearing, the penalty can be increased and enforced through the courts.

"Non-payment of conditional offers of fixed penalty are reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for consideration of prosecution."

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