Fuming mum fined £100 for ‘two minute stop’ at airport garage to buy food
An enraged mother has accused an airport petrol station of "profiting from innocent people" after she was fined £100 for parking up to buy food.
Louise Stevens said she pulled into the BP garage at East Midlands Airport for "two minutes" to grab a bite to eat.
The 54-year-old then paid to park at the nearby short stay car park to wait for her daughter and her friend, who had been on holiday in Portugal.
But weeks later, the mum from Littleover in Derby, was shocked to receive a £100 parking bill for "stopping at a zone (at the petrol station) where stopping is prohibited".
Fuming Miss Stevens claims she had parked in an area which had no red lines or signs next to it, reports Derbyshire Live.
CCTV images on her letter by Vehicle Control Services Ltd show her car parked near double red lines, but not on or next to them.
Miss Stevens said: "I received a fine for stopping to buy some lunch prior to picking up my daughter and her friend.
"To add insult to injury, I then proceeded to the airport short stay car park where I paid to pick them up.
"I was literally a few minutes in the petrol station and parked in the only place I could see there were no red lines, however they are saying I am parked illegally. This is just daylight robbery.
"This petrol station is profiting from innocent people and should be held accountable. How can you possibly issue fines to customers of your business?"
She added: "I can understand the airport fining people for stopping on the road, however the petrol station is really just one step too far."
Miss Stevens is the third Derby person in just a matter of days to have expressed their anger over a parking fine from the owners of the petrol station.
As we previously reported, mum Ruth Pickering, 52, also accused the garage of running a "disgusting…money making scheme" after she claims she was fined for putting fuel in.
Mrs Pickering says her daughter met her at the garage just as she was paying for petrol. She put her suitcase in the boot of the car and drove off.
But days later, a £60 enforcement notice was issued for 'stopping in a zone where stopping is prohibited.'
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live , Mrs Pickering said: "I was using the facilities. I am not just sitting there at the petrol station. I am absolutely furious. People are struggling for money to go on holiday anyway and then to add on this.
"It is just disgusting. It is a money making scheme. I had to stop to put fuel in. I think the 10 minute drop off points should be free.
"These people prey on the weak. I have never been fined or gone to court in my life and this has stressed me out. It has made me think twice about going to the airport."
Meanwhile, the garage owners and East Midlands Airport say picking up or dropping off people at The Fuel Station is strongly prohibited and several signs stating this have been up since June.
But Miss Stevens insists she never picked up her daughter from the station and had paid £4 to park in the short stay car park.
A representative for Vehicle Control Services Limited said: "We would advise Ms Stevens to utilise our appeals procedure so that her circumstances can be fully and appropriately evaluated, details of how to appeal are set out on the reverse of the Parking Charge Notice."
The Prax Group, which owns the fuel station, said the behaviour of some motorists was having a "negative impact on the business".
They defended issuing fines for those picking up or dropping airport passengers at the station rather than paying to use the airport car parks.
A spokesman said: "In order to avoid paying to park, some passengers and taxi companies are using the airport filling station, located approximately 100 yards from the terminal, as a pick up and drop off point.
"Increasingly, this is having a negative impact on the business, which can no longer be ignored.
"Additionally, there is a serious health and safety concern, as the backlog of traffic onto the main road could potentially hinder the emergency services."
A spokesman for East Midlands Airport added: "Parking or waiting on roads across the airport estate has always been prohibited.
"While this was previously indicated by double yellow lines, all roads are now red-routed and are enforced by a third party organisation.
"The same compliance company also has a separate agreement in place with the petrol station.
"The safety of people visiting and working on the airport site is our number one priority.
"Over 8,000 people are employed across the airport estate and thousands of passengers arrive and depart each day from the airport. Everyone who comes to the airport, needs to be safe.
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