Local motorists hit with £100 fines for walking out of car park

St Catherine’s Retail Park in Perth
St Catherine’s Retail Park in Perth

Unwary motorists in Tayside are being issued with £100 penalty notices — for walking out of a car park.

Notices have gone up at Perth’s St Catherine’s Retail Park car park, stretching from Wickes to Tile Giant, which state: “The driver of the vehicle must remain on site throughout the entire period of parking.”

Motorists who wander across the paths linking the car park to Morrisons supermarket — where there is a cash machine and toilets — are being issued with fines.

The move has incensed SNP MSP John Swinney who said action must be taken to “sort out” private parking companies. “This is the first time that I have seen a company undertaking such restrictive conditions,” he said.

“The nature of St Catherine’s retail park is such that members of the public believe it is all part of the same entity.

“Although, in reality, it is in several different parts, which are controlled by different private parking companies.

“It is incredible that someone can be fined for simply moving on foot to another part of the retail park, regardless of whether they shopped in that section or not.”

The company involved, UKCPS of Leeds, said in a letter to Mr Swinney that leaving the site was “abuse of the car park”.

Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser MSP, who has been battling private parking fines on behalf of his constituents, said: “To even attempt to charge £100 for this infringement is madness, and the proposals within my Members Bill would not only put a cap on fines but also provide these parkers with access to a fully independent appeals body.”

Mr Fraser said: “Tough new regulations would make operating practices like this a thing of the past.”