A parking fine issued to a Broadstairs retiree who made three attempts to pay at the Lido car park and then left ten minutes later in frustration has now been quashed.
Lizo Ngqobongwana and wife Janet say they tried three times to pay via mobile phone when parking on August 5 but kept receiving an error message. In the end the couple gave up and found somewhere else to park.
The 67-year-old, whose was director of a company that created finance software for the NHS, vowed to continue fighting the ‘unjust’ £100 penalty despite losing his appeal.
Earlier this month Lizo told The Isle of Thanet News: “I believe charging me £100 (£60 if paid within 14 days) for being in a car park trying to pay for parking is grossly unfair and unjust and intend to challenge this charge because this reminds me of the days when unscrupulous companies used to clamp motorists and demand cash payments to release them. It’s tantamount to extortion!”
Lizo took his case to POPLA ( independent appeals service ) contacted councillors, his MP and The Isle of Thanet News.
He also contacted veteran Thanet entertainer Gordon (Battell) Clarkson, who in 2020 won his battle to have a ‘disingenuous’ parking fine from the Lido withdrawn.
Initially ParkingEye Ltd said: “The motorist didn’t make any payment for his parking and therefore received a parking charge notice,” adding: “If anyone has mitigating circumstances, we would encourage them to highlight this by appealing.”
However, since publication of the article outlining Lizo’s battle, he has now received confirmation from POPLA that the fine has been cancelled.
Lizo thanked The Isle of Thanet News for highlighting the situation and added: “I also want to thank my good new friend Gordon Clarkson for his unyielding support and advice in helping me to navigate this treacherous terrain. I think I at least owe him a pint!
“I have received great messages of support from our local MPs Craig Mackinlay and Sir Roger Gale. Councillors Alan Currie and Heather Keen also agreed to write letters on my behalf. I will definitely support a campaign to mandate the improvement of the signage at the entrance.
“I am deeply moved and overwhelmed by the messages of goodwill from readers, I also received encouragement from my Thanet Roadrunners clubmates at the track and hill sessions over the last couple of days.
“I would advise our local residents to be very vigilant when entering these premises in future because the Terms and Conditions of entry are often concealed and intended to be vague. I for one will never use the Lido Car Park again!
“I think this is a victory for motorists who are prepared to stand up and challenge what is clearly unfair business practice.”