Clamped Gravesend mum warns fellow drivers
PUBLISHED: 09:39 14 July 2011
»An angry mum is warning of over-zealous wheel clampers at a petrol station who immobilised her car moments after she stepped into a shop.
Agnieszka Gajowiak, 40, of Edwin Street, Gravesend, is livid that staff working for Parking Control Management UK Ltd (PCM) clamped her car last month while parked at the BP garage in Milton Road.
This week she wrote to both companies warning she would take legal action if they do not refund her £130 release fee.
She said she stopped for cash, then went next door to see if a free newspaper was available.
She insisted she was gone barely a minute. “When I came back my 16-year-old daughter who was in the car was standing outside almost in tears and my car was clamped.”
Motor Fuel PLC runs the forecourt and a warning sign is displayed stating non-customers parking there will be fined £130.
“Technically what they did was within the law but it is the way they did it. Forcing my daughter to get out of the car was terrible, she was so upset.
“They are clearly just lying- in-wait and it is all about making money not keeping the parking area free.
“The fine should be if the company loses money but they will have lost nothing by me being there a minute.”
Her bank confirms money was withdrawn at 2.33pm, the clamp was officially issued at 2.37pm, and the car released at 2.41pm.
“It was definitely not four minutes. I argued and spoke to staff for a long time before they released so the times don’t add up,” she added.
Motor Fuel say the clampers are not authorised operators and have been asked to withdraw from the site.
A spokesman for Parking Control Management UK Ltd was unavailable for comment as we went to press.
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