I went up into the Brecon Beacons the other day for some great sightseeing and driving. I stopped off in a few places, and unfortunately for me the day was marred by one car park issuing me a Penalty Charge for 'Vehicle parked other than wholly within a marked bay'
... I know my photograph shows I am guilty.
I take great pride and care with my car and always try to park well away from everyone else to avoid careless damage by other car park users.
When I entered the Abergavenney car park
it was empty at the rear half and I was the first to park in the row, well away from everyone else. I had no other car to gauge my position against and I pulled up to what I thought at the time was the front of the bay. In hindsight I can see the mistake I made was due to the trench marking that runs parallel to the row in front of me. I could not find the jobsworth car park attendant
to speak to ... probably hiding somewhere whilst watching me and sniggering to himself.
I have appealed against the Penalty Charge. I wonder how many other unfortunate people have made the same mistake?
Earlier in the day I parked in the Crickhowell car park
which cost 70p for 1 hour and £1.30 for 2 hours. I only had £1.27p in change so I bought 1 hour for a £1. The machine did not give change
. Walking back to the car I stopped to talk to the car park attendant
and explain the situation. I asked him if he would give me some leeway on the time should I arrive back a little late, especially as I had paid over the odds. He replied "No problem. I noticed you driving in. What a nice car you got."