Driver with ‘no intention to park’ fined £100 for 34-second stop at airport

A driver was left stunned after receiving a £100 fine for stopping at Bristol Airport for just 34 seconds.

The motorist, known only as Andreas from Bath, pulled over briefly on double-red lines to answer his ringing phone before checking directions to the short-stay parking zone.

Andreas explained: “It was all confusing to me. My phone started ringing so I stopped to answer it. I missed the call, but took those few moments to try to read the signs on the road so I would know where to turn for short-term parking. I had no intention to park, I just needed to stop for a few seconds.”

CCTV images accompanying the penalty notice, obtained by Bristol Live, showed Andreas’ vehicle stationary for 33 seconds before moving. The car was positioned off the mini roundabout at the entrance of the airport site, away from traffic.

Andreas said: “The signs which said it was illegal to stop were behind me. In my mind, I was not parking and I had no intention to park, I just stopped for those seconds.”

He further explained he had to navigate the area twice before locating the turning for short-term parking. Eventually, he found it and paid for a two-hour parking stay as his passenger experienced delays in the baggage area.

However, unbeknownst to Andreas, cameras had captured his vehicle’s details during the brief stop. Several weeks later, he received a Parking Charge Notice (PCN) of £100. Despite appealing the fine twice, both appeals were rejected, and he has since paid the penalty.

The rejection letter stated: “The signs at the entrance to Bristol Airport and the access roads within clearly state ‘No Stopping’, giving clear notice that the land is private property and that a charge of £100 will be levied if vehicles do stop.” It confirmed Andreas’ vehicle had stopped in an area where stopping was prohibited.

A spokesperson for Bristol Airport highlighted the ongoing issue of vehicles stopping in unsafe areas, particularly on pedestrian crossings, posing risks to safety and causing delays and congestion.

The spokesperson said: “All of the internal roadways at the Airport have experienced a longstanding issue with vehicles stopping in unsafe areas, particularly on pedestrian crossings. This poses a high risk to the safety of our customers, colleagues and business partners and causes delay and congestion to other road users.

“We conducted research with other airports around the UK and investigated the use of an external company providing us with an enforcement service. Signs across the site further underline the message to all customers.

“Drivers breaking the rules may face charges which will be enforced through a combination of fixed cameras and mobile patrols,” said the spokesperson. Bristol Airport has double red lines marked on all roads around the site.

“Facilities are available close to the terminal for vehicles picking up (Short Stay and Pick Up) and dropping off (Drop & Go) passengers, and a waiting zone offering free parking for up to 60 minutes is available. The free car park is located by the entrance to Silver Zone and is linked to the terminal by a frequent shuttle bus service.”

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