Spot the difference: Hospital puts up new parking signs after furious dad is ticketed

Before and after: Pictures taken by Mark Hopkins, left, on the day he was issued a parking fine and, right, more recently, with the new sign installed
Before and after: Pictures taken by Mark Hopkins, left, on the day he was issued a parking fine and, right, more recently, with the new sign installed
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A father has been left stunned after a parking company put in new signs at Stoke Mandeville Hospital after issuing him a ticket.

Mark Bishop, of Thame, had taken his 14-year-old son to the paediatric ward only to discover upon his return a £60 fine.

After claiming he was not aware it was a pay-and-display area because of a lack of signs he has since spotted that two new signs have now been installed – yet money is still being demanded from him.

Mr Bishop had taken a photo before and after of the identical areas and has used them in arguing his case.

He said: “I’m absolutely furious, I can’t believe it. It’s absolutely farcical. I’m not going to pay it, it’s ridiculous.”

Mr Bishop said he has been taking his son to the hospital for nearly six years and never experienced any previous problems.

He added he would have happily paid for a ticket if he was aware of needing one.

He highlighted in his letter how the bays are road marked differently to others with white wording in the tarmac stating ‘visitor parking’ and there were no signs in the area.

He added: “I’ve never brought a ticket there in all my years. If they think the signage is sufficient then why have they added two more?

“They can’t make it stick. I can’t believe they’re digging their heels in, how they can possibly argue the point?”

Currently he is away on holiday and is still awaiting a response from the parking company to his previous letter.

Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust director of property services Ian Garlington said: “UK Parking Control Ltd, in conjunction with Bucks Health NHS Trust, have a responsibility to put up signage to ensure patients and visitors to our hospital sites are fully aware of the parking measures.

“We ensure that sufficient signage is in place across all our sites, which meet legal requirements.

“However, we are always keen to go above and beyond what is required and following recent feedback we have provided additional signage.”