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NCP accused of ripping off motoristsBack

NCPCarParkThe NCP has been accused of ripping off motorists by fining them if a parking ticket is in the wrong place.

MPs have been informed that well known car park owner, NCP, has allegedly been fining drivers for displaying their parking ticket in the “wrong place” on their car’s dashboard. Tory MP Robert Halfon, has reacted to the alleged behaviour by calling for an inquiry into the matter, brandishing the alleged behaviour as “disgraceful”.

During the business statement, Mr Halfon called for an urgent statement on the role of private car park owners like NCP.

He continued: “My constituents have been fleeced by NCP who have signposted restricted areas improperly and then fined people who innocently park in them.

“Furthermore they have also fined people for allegedly displaying their ticket on the wrong place on the car’s dashboard.

“Can you contact the Transport Minister and Business Minister and call for an urgent inquiry into this disgraceful behaviour by NCP?”

Commons Leader William Hague responded by saying that it is up to the Office of Rail Regulation to consider any complaint that a car parking charge at a station is excessive, but that he would notify his ministerial colleagues on the matter.

An NCP spokesman said: “In relation to ‘wrongly placed tickets’ I can advise that NCP accepts any ticket that we can see clearly. We have no policy on where or how it is displayed as long as we can see it. Indeed MP Robert Halfon has not made any comment to us of late in regards to ‘wrongly placed tickets’. And I would not know to what this may refer.

“It’s important to stress that we only issue PCNs if there is a strong reason for doing so, and we always take photographic evidence of the situation. Customers are always able to appeal our decision.”

This is not the first time the NCP has been accused of fleecing motorists – in 2012 the company was accused of Olympic ‘profiteering’ when it hiked up its charges at its central London sites up to three-fold for the duration of the Olympic Games.

Have you ever been fined by the NCP for putting your ticket in the wrong place? If so, we’d love to hear about it below.

Posted by Leana Kell on 30/01/2015