Fuming Edinburgh dad slapped with £60 fine after missing 'unclear small print'

The dad said it was "unclear" that parking after 10pm wasn't allowed
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An Edinburgh dad has slammed a city car park after he was slapped with a £60 fine.

Finn Grey, 48, used the car park at Hermiston Gait, operated by UK Parking Control (UKPC), back in November to pick up his child. He claims he was there for less than half-an-hour and had no idea there was no parking after 10pm.

Along with other parents who were collecting their children from a water polo tournament at around 10.30pm, he was issued the fine - which has since been raised to £100 after he appealed it. Finn claimed the signage is "unclear" with "very small text".

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Speaking to Edinburgh Live, Finn said: "Myself and other parents were picking up our kids from a water polo tournament, they had travelled up from England in a minibus and Hermiston Gait was considered a convenient place to collect them.

"Of the six or seven sets of parents, plus organisers, no one was aware you couldn't park there after 10pm. While the signage clearly indicated that there is a maximum of four hours parking, it is far less clear that you cannot park there after 10pm.

"There are no barriers, and it is included in very small text. Most of the year it's dark by that time, therefor very difficult to read these notices - if you were even aware of them.

"Either we are all oblivious, or the signage is not sufficient."

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Finn appealed his fine, and claims UKPC were "not interested and reiterated their stance that signs are sufficient".

He continued: "I guess I should just pay, and get on with my life, but this is part of a wider trend in this country where ordinary people are taken advantage of.

"If you are aware of the rules, and you break them - fair enough. But this seems fundamentally unfair. It's not a huge amount of money in the long run, but it causes a surprisingly high level of stress and emotional distress. There seems to be no recourse."

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POPLA, the independent appeals service for parking charge notices, also ruled that it was the "driver's responsibility to comply with the terms and conditions for the use of the car park".

It added: "When entering a site, it is the motorist’s responsibility to read the signs and adhere to the terms and conditions stated. In this case, the signs state no parking between 10pm and 6am.

"The operator’s evidence shows the appellant’s vehicle entered at 10.25pm and remained on site for 29 minutes. Therefore, the terms and conditions of the site were breached, and a charge was issued for £100."

UKPC have been approached for comment.