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Parking fine victory could help hauliers in their battle

  • 12 March 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

The Road Haulage Association said is hopeful that a victory in court by an individual who fought a parking fine issued on an Ipswich trading estate could aid similarly affected hauliers.

Nicholas Anderson said he was prosecuted by Ransomes Park after he refused to pay a £237.50 parking fine issued by Proserve when he visited the Plumb Centre on the Europark estate.

However, a judge at Ipswich County Court found in Anderson’s favour and described signage on the estate as “wholly ambiguous”.

Anderson said: “It just wasn’t right what Ransomes and Proserve were doing. People may not know the legal ins and outs of why something is wrong, but they know that it is wrong.”

Haulier BE Hamblion lost a court case against Ransomes last year after it refused to pay £900 for three fines dished out by Proserve, although it was unable to rely on the consumer protection in law that Anderson could as a private individual.

Despite this, Chrys Rampley, crime and infrastructure manager at the Road Haulage Association, said it was supporting another haulage business in a legal fight, and she hoped this verdict would benefit them: “I am very pleased for the guy and hopeful it will have relevance and help companies having problems.

“At the moment we are looking into the effect on businesses of what’s happened. I think it’s a good day.”

Nigel Robson, a director at Ransomes Park’s parent company The Land Group, said it would appeal the Anderson decision.

He added: “We have done everything we should be doing in accordance with the regulations.”

Proserve did not respond.


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