Jan 23 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
MP ROSIE COOPER is calling on Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust to review all parking fines after a motorist won an appeal.
UK Parking Control Limited (UKPC) was ordered to cancel a parking fine issued at the trust when the appeal was upheld by the Parking and Private Land Appeals. (Popla)
Ms Cooper said: “The decision by Popla brings into question every other parking charge notice issued to drivers using the car parks of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust.
“In light of this information I believe that there has to be clarity about the rules and how they are being enforced and why they are enforceable at all.
“I will be keen to see the responses from both Popla and the hospital trust on this issue. There are many drivers very unhappy with how they have been treated by UKPC.”
Jonathan Parry, chief executive of the trust, said: “We try hard to keep our hospital car parks accessible to the patients and visitors who need them. Visitors who are Blue Badge holders, in particular, need to be sure spaces are available near hospital buildings to give them the easiest access.
“UKPCis authorised by the trust to patrol our car parks at Southport and Ormskirk to prevent thoughtless and dangerous parking.
“The company issues fixed penalty notices to drivers who, for example, park in Blue Badge spaces to which they are not entitled.”
He added: “The trust makes no money from penalty notice income.”