My first parking fine

Penalty charge notice beneath windscreen wiper blade

Today I received my first ever car parking fine. Bah!

I had been visiting my Great Aunt Mary in the Corstorphine Hospital with my Mum, when we got a call from my sister Jenni. She was also in Edinburgh buying some clothes for a job interview, and we needed to get Mum and Jenni together on Princes Street before the next bus left for the Scottish Borders. So I drove off, heading for the parking spaces up the centre of George Street.

“There’s one!” shouted Mum, and I duly and obediently pulled into it. But what I didn’t realise is that there are residents’ parking spaces on George Street, interspersed with the pay-and-display spaces and motorcycle spaces. And we didn’t leave Mum’s blue badge on the dashboard.

So I got a fine: £60.00, reduced to £30.00 if I pay it within 14 days. And Mum and Jenni missed the bus.

Double bah!

(This blog entry has been purposefully ante-dated, as I didn’t have my laptop with me when I was away.)

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 47 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

One thought on “My first parking fine”

  1. it is always worth arguing a parking ticket… sounds like you have reasons like familiar with the area but not recent changes to parking restrictions, in a hurry with elderly/disabled person, were with a blue badge user but forgot to display… also, if you respond within the 14days then the fine (if they don’t quash it) is still the £30 so nothing lost – worth a try … for example

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