I'm looking for some advice on how to appeal a parking fine by UKPC on Stevenage Liesure park. I know the usual route is to simply ignore but it's a company car managed by a third party fleet company some I'm a little hesitant.
The ticket itself was issued today and my wife was the driver. She visited the park to take my 5 month old daughter to see a friend and have lunch. There are precisely two parent and child parking spaces on the whole park, both of which were full. As my daughter is in a car seat and pram my wife needed extra space to access the back of the car. With the two spaces full she parked across two spaces, taking care to be away from other vehicles in an otherwise almost empty car park (it was the midle of the day on a week day). Normally I wouldn't condone straddling two spaces but there wasn't much choice in this case.
Sure enough, after lunch etc there was a ticket on the car with the reason for the fine given as "not correctly parked within the markings of the bay or space". The signs around the leisure park make no mention of this being a findable offence although they do say "park within the marked bays"
I'm not sure what tac to take on the appeal, there is no denying that she straddled the bay but there were extenuating circumstances, the child seat was in the ack so it was clear she had a baby.
One thing I thought of going down is tat the fine is an unlawful penalty as the car park was empty and the charges are clearly not a pre-estimate of loss or actual damages caused by the trespass (yes I read the sticky word for word!).
Anyways, ideas appreciated, I love a good fight like this so there is no chance of me backing down and having read of a few other cases by ukpc on the same site, they sound like cowboys!