'Total injustice': Couple fury over fine for parking on white line

David Wyer and his wife Jane, of Thorpe St Andrew, are boycotting Riverside car park after the ordeal

David Wyer and his wife Jane, of Thorpe St Andrew, are boycotting Riverside car park after the ordeal - Credit: Supplied by David Wyer

A city man has vowed to boycott Riverside after he got a fine for parking on the line of a space. 

BT engineer David Wyer, 55, of Armstrong Road in Thorpe St Andrew, visited Riverside to shop and grab a coffee with wife Jane.

But days later they received a letter stating they had to cough up for not staying in the white lines. 

Mr Wyer explained how a planter within the allocated bay space had made parking his VW Scirocco a tight squeeze.

The fine letter provided pictures of Mr Wyer's car and stated that he was not 'parked wholly in bay'.

Photos in the letter accompanying the fine show that David's tyres are on the line

Photos in the letter accompanying the fine show that David's tyres are on the line - Credit: Supplied by David Wyer

Photos in the letter accompanying the fine show that David's tyres are on the line

Photos in the letter accompanying the fine show that David's tyres are on the line - Credit: Supplied by David Wyer

"It's not over the line, we're actually just on the line," he explained.

"The tyres are quite wide anyway, so you've got that to contend with.

Most Read

"But the angle of which the photo was taken from the opposite side to make it look like you're overhanging a lot more than you are.

"The fact they've exaggerated it is frustrating.

The letter David received from Highview Parking, which runs Riverside car park

The letter David received from Highview Parking, which runs Riverside car park. A £70 fine was given to David, reduced to £42 if he paid early - Credit: Supplied by David Wyer

"I mentioned this when we tried to appeal the fine but it was totally ignored."

To avoid the lofty £70 inflated fine, David paid the £42 early payment charge - although he believes doing so was an "injustice".

"In this time of 'every penny counts', this is something that we cannot really afford," he added.

David and Jane have vowed to boycott Riverside in future in protest over the fine.

David Wyer and his wife of 28 years, Jane

David Wyer and his wife of 28 years, Jane - Credit: Supplied by David Wyer

He continued: "It's an insult. It's a heck of a squeeze.

"I've got better things to be spending that sort of money on. It's incredibly frustrating.

"I assume that they have a quota to work to make ends meet themselves. It feels like they're scraping the barrel in giving us a fine. It's lower than low.

"When I came back to the space, there was a car in it - meaning I hadn't obstructed the space for another vehicle. It seems so petty."

Highview Parking, which operates Riverside car park, did not respond to a request for comment.