Driver is hit with £100 parking fine after rushing to doctor’s surgery with carbon


Driver is hit with £100 parking fine after rushing to doctor’s surgery with carbon monoxide poisoning and forgetting to log his car registration details 

  • He said he would ‘not be bullied or intimidated by no one’ into paying up

A driver was hit with a £100 parking charge after he rushed to the doctor with carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Allen Whitehead, 62, said he forgot to log his car registration on the system at Colne Valley Group Practice in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, where he parked for 13 minutes on March 25 last year. 

Mr Whitehead has put his forgetfulness down to not feeling well, and said he would ‘not be bullied or intimidated by no one’ into paying up. 

He received a letter from Parkingeye requesting payment of £100, which he said he ignored because he was very poorly after being diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning – of which he is still recovering. 

The situation escalated as he began to receive letters from a debt collection company and then a legal firm which issued a claim against him for £266 in the county court. 

Allen Whitehead (pictured) was hit with a £100 parking charge after he rushed to the doctor with carbon monoxide poisoning

Allen Whitehead (pictured) was hit with a £100 parking charge after he rushed to the doctor with carbon monoxide poisoning

Mr Whitehead, 62, said he forgot to log his car registration on the system at Colne Valley Group Practice in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, where he parked for 13 minutes

Mr Whitehead, 62, said he forgot to log his car registration on the system at Colne Valley Group Practice in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, where he parked for 13 minutes

Mr Whitehead, who has worked for many years in road haulage, requested a hearing at the county court and filled in a box on a court form in his defence. 

In the letter he explained he had been very ill, had forgotten about the need to enter his registration, and claimed that the car park in question should be considered a ‘public car park’ during opening hours and not ‘private’.

Mr Whitehead put himself down as an ‘expert witness’ and wrote: ‘I am an expert of over 35 years in road traffic law.’

Mr Whitehead was angered by the correspondence and had to spend around £25 on recorded delivery postage while dealing with the court proceedings. It also took up a lot of his time he says. 

He is yet to hear back following this letter and believes because 20 days have passed, the case has ‘timed out’ and it is the end of the matter. 

The final letter he received was a reduction in the charge to £20, which he did not pay.

Mr Whitehead said the saga has taken around 17 months to sort out but he does not recommend others follow his example, he added: ‘I would say it will be less stressful to bite the bullet and pay it.’

Kirsty Hull, practice manager at Colne Valley Group Practice, said: ‘I cannot comment on the specifics of the case as the dispute that Mr Whitehead has/had is with Parkingeye and not the surgery.

Mr Whitehead has put his forgetfulness down to not feeling well, and said he would 'not be bullied or intimidated by no one' into paying up.

Mr Whitehead has put his forgetfulness down to not feeling well, and said he would ‘not be bullied or intimidated by no one’ into paying up.

‘As you are aware parking is a premium in Slaithwaite and we have limited spaces at the surgery. The car park is managed to ensure that our patients are able to park when they visit us.

‘There are signs in the car park, in the waiting room, a message on our phone line and also in confirmation text messages advising patients to enter their registrations.

‘We always provide assistance to patients if they need help using the registration portal. If a patient receives a fine following a visit to the surgery and they raise this with us in a timely fashion, then we will contact Parkingeye to help get it resolved.’

Parkingeye explained a parking charge is applicable if a motorist uses the car park without entering their registration number into the terminal in the reception. 



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