Mother-of-two is fined £100 for overstaying 15-minute limit as she queued up for a car wash

Mother-of-two is fined £100 for overstaying 15-minute limit as she queued up for a car wash – an hour after buying her new motor

  • A single mother was hit with an ‘outrageous fine’ an hour after getting new car 
  • Ms Carby was fined £100 for waiting for a car wash on a garage forecourt 

A single mother forced to queue up at a carwash on a garage forecourt has been fined £100 for overstaying a 15 minute limit just an hour after she had picked her new car up from the garage.

The mother-of-two queued for around 25 minutes for her turn before she headed home on the 15 February.

She didn’t give much thought about the experience until a Euro Car Parks fine landed on her doormat 12 days later.

Signs at the garage do indicate that the maximum stay for the carpark is 15 minutes, but the 41-year-old believes this should not apply to the car wash.

With the fine, the £9 wash could now set her back £100.

Ms Carby said: ‘I’m just absolutely appalled.

‘I think it’s absolutely outrageous that they can do this. Fair enough there may be signs around for a car park, but the car wash queue is not a car park.’

Ms Carby has said she thinks the £100 fine is ‘outrageous’

The regulations are marked with signage at the site

The regulations are marked with signage at the site 

Ms Carby had only bought her new car an hour before she went to get it washed at an Esso Garage in Rickmansworth, Watford.

She had planned to go to the BP garage along the road but found it was closed, forcing herself and other drivers to go to Esso.

She said: ‘The only reason I went there was because the car wash at the BP garage down the road was closed, which is why there were so many cars queuing in the Esso car wash that day.’

She added: ‘It has taken a lot of time and effort and help from family members to get this car and then within an hour I’m whacked with a £100 fine.

‘I had my previous car for over ten years and I never got a parking fine. An hour of this car and I’m getting a fine for having a car wash – I’m just appalled.’

With mounting energy bills and shelling out for a second-hand car, the fine is a big hit.

The admin manager is planning on digging her heels in and will refuse to pay as she simply can’t afford it.

The 41-year-old has appealed on Euro Car Park’s website and an automated confirmation email has informed her that a response can take 30 days.

However, she has only been given 14 days to pay a discounted £60 fine.

The penalty notice given to Ms Carby read: ‘Your vehicle was parked longer than the maximum period allowed.

‘By remaining at the car park without authorisation, in accordance with the terms and conditions set out in the signage, the parking charge is now payable to Euro Car Parks (as the creditor).

‘Failure to pay the full amount of this notice within 28 days may result in the proceeding of debt recovery action and/or issuing court proceedings against you.’

MailOnline has approached Euro Car Park for comment.