Over the past few weeks I have been contacted by many constituents who had been issued with a parking fine having used the NCP Car Park at St. Peter’s Way.
Due to insufficient signage and a poorly advertised change of rules, many disabled drivers were issued with an expensive penalty. This has particularly affected disabled Blue Badge holders who have previously been able to park for free.
I had written to the Chief Executive of NCP and now also spoken personally to him by phone.
I am pleased to say that NCP has agreed to refund more than 150 blue badge holders who have been fined due to inadequate signage. The total fines levied have been in the area of £20,000 in the time since NCP began to operate number plate recognition cameras in September.
NCP have stated that fines issued to disabled motorists up until Saturday, 13th October 2018 will be cancelled on receipt of evidence that the motorist holds a valid blue badge. The deadline to do this is Tuesday, 9th November 2018 so I would like to stress the importance of appealing these fines as soon as possible.
I have also now asked the Chief Executive to consider cancelling all fines issued, including for non-Blue Badge holders, through to Friday 19th October as this was the first date that NCP agreed cancellations of penalty.