Man fined £100 for charging electric car outside McDonald’s

A man has warned others against charging their vehicles outside McDonald’s after being hit with a £100 fine. Amar Tanna, 36, drove his car to the McDonald’s branch in Wheatfield Way, Hinckley, for lunch and to recharge his car for a drive back to Coventry, LeicestershireLive reports.

When Amar arrived at the restaurant, the branch’s car charging station was in use. So Amar decided to eat his lunch first and then charge his car afterwards.

The businessman shelled out more than £35 – and said it cost him far more than he usually pays. He said: “The rate they were charging was exorbitant – twice the cost of electricity I had paid before charging my car. But I had to charge it or I couldn’t get home.”

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However, Amar was stunned to later receive a £100 parking fine in the post. He contacted InstaVolt, the electric charging provider, to ask why he had received a parking fine while charging his car for electricity.

InstaVolt’s Customer Service Manager, Katherine Binks, replied, “Unfortunately, parking restrictions are managed by a third party, which means that existing parking restrictions still apply to our customers, even when using our charging stations.” She added that InstaVolt’s signage at its stations said “existing parking restrictions still apply.”

She said this was also described in her Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Ms Binks added: “We appreciate the inconvenience caused by these fines and have provided you with a ‘proof of charge’ letter containing details of your charge to assist you in your appeal, should you wish to appeal the notice.

“We hope your appeal is successful and if you need any further information, please let us know.” However, Amar’s appeal was unsuccessful – and he has to pay the fine.

He said: “I’ve also written to McDonald’s but the problem is they have a separate parking company that does the enforcement. I don’t think I’ll get much of a response. [from the parking enforcement company]. The parking company is the usual type of business – hard to find with a one-page website.”

Amar Tanna was handed a £100 parking ticket

McDonald’s responded to Amar in a letter, which reads: “As a company, implementing enforcement measures in our parking lots is only done after careful consideration and as a last resort. We use primarily parking measures to ensure that there are spaces available for our customers’ vehicles, as well as to deter unwarranted or unreasonably prolonged use of the facility.

“I can confirm that this car park is operated by an independent company who are responsible for monitoring the car park and taking details of registration numbers. Restaurant rules and signs clearly state the policy and applicable charges.

“I hope you understand that in order to maintain a consistent approach, we must adhere to the guidelines in place whether you have been in the restaurant during the duration of the stay or not. Thus, in a situation such as a clear violation of parking regulations, we are unable to deal with individual cases or cases on an individual basis.

“Suffice to say that if a customer contravenes the clearly displayed parking rules, he will receive a ticket.” Coventry Live attempted to contact the parking company, Civil Enforcement Ltd, but they asked us to enter a parking charge reference number.

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