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72,000 in compensation for motorist. Court orders parking company to pay up. A three-year legal battle was resolved recently when Q-Park lost their case against a motorist over a parking fine.A matter of principle Leif W. Erichsen parked his car for 20 kroner in what he claims was a legal space whilst he delivered some papers to an office in Huseby in Oslo.

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72,000 in compensation for motorist

Published on Sunday, 4th April, 2010 at 14:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Court orders parking company to pay up.

Q-Park in Sheffield (Illustration photo)
Q-Park in Sheffield (Illustration photo)
Photo: Darren Copley/Flickr


A three-year legal battle was resolved recently when Q-Park lost their case against a motorist over a parking fine.

A matter of principle

Leif W. Erichsen parked his car for 20 kroner in what he claims was a legal space whilst he delivered some papers to an office in Huseby in Oslo.

When he returned just a few minutes later, Erichsen found a fine for 700 kroner underneath his windscreen wiper.

“The parking warden just laughed and smiled as he pointed to a sign with “Parking Reserved” on it. Then he just drove off,” he tells Dagens Næringsliv.

But apparently the sign pointed in completely the opposite direction. Erichsen also alleges the warden just waited for him to pay for the original ticket instead of telling him to park in the row behind.

He decided to take the case to the conciliation court (Forliksrådet) as a matter of principle, claiming for all the hours of legal costs he’d incurred by representing himself.

The court found the signpost to be misleading, and awarded Erichsen 72,000 in compensation.

“It was pure trickery; a parking trap. The main reason for parking companies issuing fines left, right, and centre is that they risk having to waive a maximum of 700 kroner for the fine they’ve imposed. These types of cases aren’t exactly fun. But someone has to do it, or things don’t change,” he says.

Flabbergasted

Meanwhile Christian Reuch, a legal advisor to the government, says he’s astounded the court agreed to compensate Erichsen for his legal time.

“Getting paid for it is anything but a matter of course. Claiming for use of your own time in such a case isn’t routine. I.e. applying for costs it isn’t unusual, but getting them is.”




Published on Sunday, 4th April, 2010 at 14:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: q-park, parking, fine, motorist, compensation, legal, battle.





  
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