Driver handed £90 parking fine for going to drive-through test centre

In typical British fashion the new Covid-19 pop up test centres in car parks across the country has not let one company miss a chance to issue a parking fine.

Driver, Geoff Pugh, 52, was handed a £90 penalty charge notice from Highview Parking after attending the swab appointment held in the car park at Edmonton Green Shopping Centre in Enfield on July 7.

Geoff said ‘At first I thought it was just a genuine fine, so I was about to pay it, but when I looked into where it happened and realised what it was, I was flabbergasted.’

‘I think it’s completely ridiculous to charge someone for looking after the health of their family, neighbours and work colleagues.

‘I didn’t even leave the car the whole time I was there.’ The dad-of-two said he was at the site for 23 minutes with his wife and children – aged nine and 11 – and followed all of the advice from staff directing him where to go. His vehicle was detected by a camera using automatic number plate recognition which was situated in the car park.

A highview Parking spokesman said:

‘July 7 was an occasion where we were only notified that the site had been used for Covid testing, more than a week later, and PCNs were already issued. ‘We will cancel any PCNs that have been issued to visitors incorrectly on this or any other specified date where testing is taking place.’

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