A man who was issued with 22 parking fines by a private operator has failed in his bid to have the penalties overturned by a court.
Craig Laird had parked his Transit van in a car park in Dundee’s Brown Street repeatedly, despite the fact there was “prominent” signage informing him it was private land.
The facility is operated by the private firm Vehicle Control Services Ltd (VCSL) on behalf of Home Group Scotland (HGS).
Terms and conditions displayed on signs at the site stated that a permit was required or a £100 “parking charge” would be issued.
Mr Laird ignored the warnings and subsequently found himself with 22 fines issued between April 2013 and April 2014, which he did not pay, prompting legal action.
In his judgment, Appeal Sheriff NA Ross said he did not accept claims by Mr Laird that he had been told he could use the car park or that a friend had parked the van.
He said: “There was accordingly sufficient evidence to conclude that VCSL had the authority to act.
“The sheriff was entitled to accept on the balance of probabilities that HGS, or Home in Scotland Limited, had appointed VCSL to administer the car park at the locus.
“The appellant (Mr Laird) did not make any successful challenge, either at proof, or on appeal.
“There was a sufficiency of evidence. This appeal must be refused.”
Costs for Mr Laird’s case, which was heard at the Sheriff Appeal Court in Edinburgh earlier this month, are yet to be determined.
A spokesman for VCSL said the firm was “delighted” with the outcome, adding: “While previous court judgments have reaffirmed that parking charges are enforceable in Scotland, we hope that the latest ruling underlines the position and, accordingly, serves to further educate and influence drivers when using private car parks and bring an end to the blatant disregard by some motorists.”
Mr Laird’s case has echoes of a previous landmark case in Dundee which saw a woman ordered to pay £24,000.
Carly Mackie had ignored hundreds of tickets from VCSL – but Dundee Sheriff Court found the charges were from a “valid contract” and she was liable to pay them.
Mr Laird did not respond to a request for comment.