Scottish man fined for parking outside his home – where has for 22 years!

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A 62 year old man has received a parking fine after parking in the same spot for 22 years.

Mark Shrimpton Fined for Parking
Mark Shrimpton with his car & parking charge (Image: Media Scotland)

Mark Shrimpton has parked in the same place for the last 22 years. When Mr Shrimpton returned from his walk his VW car had a parking charge from Police Scotland attached to it.

He refuses to pay the fine and says he has always parked there because his daughter and wife park on the drive.

Police Scotland issued the fine to the Mouswald resident on the grounds of being ‘parked on an unlit road without lights during the hours of darkness’.

Mark says he would rather go to court than pay the fine. He also fears that he could end up receiving parking fines everyday that his car is parked at his home.

Mouswald is a rural village near to the A75 and Dumfries. The road where Mr Shrimpton had parked is primarily used by “milk tankers and HGV drivers” but he said they are able to pass with no difficulty.

Edge Radio contacted Police Scotland about Mr Shrimpton’s parking fine.

A Police Scotland Spokesperson said: Police officers in Dumfries and Galloway can enforce legislation in relation to parking that is considered to be causing an obstruction or dangerous and in a number of other circumstances; including parking a vehicle on a road in certain conditions during hours of darkness without showing the lights or reflectors required by law.

Each incident is assessed on its own merit and if deemed necessary a Conditional Offer of Fixed Penalty or a Fixed Penalty Notice can be issued depending on the circumstances and offence.

The recipient of a Fixed Penalty Notice can request a court hearing within a specified period of time to challenge the circumstances in which the penalty was issued. If a person in receipt of a such a penalty does not pay the penalty within the required period of time, or request a Court Hearing, the penalty can be increased and enforced through the courts.

Non-payment of Conditional Offers of Fixed Penalty are reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for consideration of prosecution.

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Written by: George Icke - Reporter

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