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It came to light after a driver reported that he was forced to buy a second ticket by a parking attendant – despite already having paid for a ticket to park there for a full day.
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This should not have happened.
He had paid £11.10 to park in a NCP all day on October 24. However, during the day he had to leave so took his car out and then returned later on for work.
The 58-year-old said when he returned to the car park an attendant told him while his original ticket still had hours to run it was no longer valid and that he would have to buy another.
“He said you need to get another ticket because you’ve left,” the man said. “I paid £11.10 to park there all day and then had to pay another £8 for four hours.
“My company pays for it so it doesn’t affect me personally, but I wasn’t impressed.”
He added it was not the first time he had experienced this in car parks across the country.
“It’s not the first time I’ve come across this,” he said. “To be honest I think it’s ridiculous – it costs £11 to park there all day.”
In response, a NCP spokesperson confirmed the driver should never have been told to buy another ticket – and in fact, drivers can come and go as often as they like during the time they have bought a ticket for.
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The spokesperson said: “We are sorry to hear if a customer was told this, this is not correct.
“From an enforcement perspective, if someone has paid for a full day they can enter and exit freely, as many times as they wish within the period of time which they paid for parking, providing they are in the same vehicle.
“NCP would recognise the payment for the vehicle and they will definitely not receive a PCN.
“We will speak to our team on site to reiterate that.”