Motorist given parking fine after taking drive-through coronavirus test

People who turned up for arranged Covid-19 tests have received letters from an operator informing them they had not paid to use the car park.

Motorist given parking fine after taking drive-through coronavirus test

A “flabbergasted” motorist says he was handed a parking fine after taking a drive-through coronavirus test at a car park in north London.

Geoff Pugh, 52, received the £90 penalty charge notice (PCN) from Highview Parking after taking his family for a throat and mouth swab in the car park at Edmonton Green Shopping Centre in Enfield on July 7.

The site has been used for testing during the lockdown period.

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Geoff Pugh says he was handed a parking fine after taking a drive-through coronavirus test at a car park in north London (Geoff Pugh/PA)

“I think it’s completely ridiculous to charge someone for looking after the health of their family, neighbours and work colleagues.

“I didn’t even leave the car the whole time I was there.”

His vehicle had been detected by a camera using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) which was situated in the car park.

A Highview Parking spokesman said it would cancel any PCNs issued to visitors “incorrectly”.

The spokesman said: “The car park terms and conditions and the pay-for-parking system and tariff are set by our client – we do not have any involvement in setting these rules, or indeed when they do or do not charge for parking.

“We cannot confirm whether or not the car park has been repurposed by Enfield Council, just that we have been asked to suspend enforcement activity on specific days and times where they have agreed to provide space for Covid testing. However the car park is still being used for retail during this time.

“As these are specific dates, we rely on notification of those dates in advance.

“July 7 was an occasion where we were only notified that the site had been used for Covid testing, more than a week later, and PCNs were already issued.

“We will cancel any PCNs that have been issued to visitors incorrectly on this or any other specified date where testing is taking place.”

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