London motorist given parking fine after taking drive-through coronavirus test

A driver has said he is “flabbergasted” after allegedly being slapped with a parking fine after taking a drive-through coronavirus test in north London.

Geoff Pugh, 52, received the £90 penalty charge notice (PCN) from Highview Parking after driving his family to the car park of Edmonton Green Shopping Centre in Enfield on July 7.

The site has been used for testing during the lockdown period.

Mr Pugh, a photographer from Stoke Newington, east London, said: “At first I thought it was just a genuine fine, so I was about to pay it, but when I looked into where it happened and realised what it was, I was flabbergasted.

“I think it’s completely ridiculous to charge someone for looking after the health of their family, neighbours and work colleagues. I didn’t even leave the car the whole time I was there.”

Geoff Pugh, 52 (PA)

Mr Pugh said he stayed at the site for 23 minutes with his wife and two children – aged nine and 11 – and followed all of the instructions from staff who told him where to go.

His vehicle had been detected by a camera in the car park using automatic number plate recognition

Edmonton Green car park, near where the fine was handed out (Google Maps)

A Highview Parking spokesman said it would cancel any PCNs issued to visitors “incorrectly”.

The spokesman said: “The car park terms and conditions and the pay-for-parking system and tariff are set by our client – we do not have any involvement in setting these rules, or indeed when they do or do not charge for parking.

“We cannot confirm whether or not the car park has been repurposed by Enfield Council, just that we have been asked to suspend enforcement activity on specific days and times where they have agreed to provide space for Covid testing. However the car park is still being used for retail during this time.

“As these are specific dates, we rely on notification of those dates in advance. July 7 was an occasion where we were only notified that the site had been used for Covid testing, more than a week later, and PCNs were already issued.

“We will cancel any PCNs that have been issued to visitors incorrectly on this or any other specified date where testing is taking place.”

With additional reporting from PA.

Evening Standard – London