Woman given airport parking fine ‘for stopping for 41 seconds to adjust mirror’

A woman says she was given an airport parking fine after spending less than one minute adjusting her wing mirror.

Jessica Blower, 52, works for freight carrier UPS as an X-rayer at East Midlands Airport, Nottinghamshire Live reports.

She was handed a ticket on September 7 at 12.41am just after finishing her shift when she stopped for about 41 seconds to make sure her car was safe.

Despite appealing the decision by showing the enforcement company her identification card, car parking pass and even her payslips, they have refused to drop the £60 charge.

Mrs Blower said they have now upped the fine to £185 and threatened county court action if she does not pay it immediately.

The woman from Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, has vowed to fight her case in court as she and her partner Carl Bird, 49, believe the fine is unfair.

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Mr Bird said: "I think it is just disgusting. They really need to look at the situation.

"She stopped for 41 seconds to make sure her car was safe. I think it is just shocking – you try and earn some money and go to work and this happens."

Mrs Blower thinks parking enforcement at the Castle Donington site has got out of control as employees are now fearful of fines.

She told Nottinghamshire Live: "The only reason I stopped was because of my wing mirror. Sometimes we can't get out of our car park because of taxis so I can understand why the airport are doing it but they are fining the wrong people.

"People at work don't bother going to the petrol station anymore because they know if they stop it will result in a ticket.

"We are not going to pay it and if they want to take us to court I am happy to go to court. I am not paying for something like this.

"The whole system needs to be looked at. They have no interaction with these people. They just pull up, take a photo, and then fine them."

She left an airport car park and was driving through the site when she realised someone had popped her wing mirror in.

Mrs Blower pulled over to pop it back out, but was fined for "stopping in a zone where stopping is prohibited" for 41 seconds.

She said: "As I left the premises to return home after my shift, I noticed that someone had pushed in the passenger side wing mirror and I had to pull over immediately to pull it out.

"I need to use the wing mirrors as I do not feel safe using the vehicle on the public highway and motorways without the use of them.

"I pulled over in the lay by to simply get out of my vehicle, go round to the passenger side, adjust the wing mirror, and return to my car to travel home."

A spokesman for East Midlands Airport said: "The safety of people working on the airport site is of paramount importance and controlling the traffic flow on estate roads is key to this.

"All roads across the airport estate are patrolled regularly and signage is clearly visible reminding people not to stop on red-routed roads.

"The airport site is busy 24 hours-a-day and roads need to kept clear at all times for passengers arriving by car and to allow heavy goods vehicles access to the overnight cargo operators." 

Mirror Online has approached Vehicle Control Services for comment.

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