Essex man loses Supreme Court parking battle

An Essex chip shop owner has lost an appeal at the UK's highest court over parking charges.

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Watch the reaction in Chelmsford to man losing Supreme Court parking battle

An Essex Chip shop owner today learned that his longstanding battle against a parking fine had not been successful.

Barry Beavis lost his appeal to the Supreme Court, following earlier defeats at a county court and the Court of Appeal.

Click below to see what people in his hometown of Chelmsford thought of the ruling.

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Essex man loses parking battle: 'Ticketers will take over from where the clampers left off'

Barry Beavis has lost his Supreme Court appeal over parking charges. Credit: PA

The ruling against Essex chip shop owner Barry Beavis has "given a licence for ticketers to take over from where the clampers left off", the director of the RAC foundation has warned.

Steve Gooding said it opens the door for parking companies to increase their penalty demands, and motorists would have to fight "sky-high charges" on a case by case basis.

“This ruling has given a licence for ticketers to take over from where the clampers left off.

“The judges have said that penalty charges should not be excessive but without giving any clear indication of what excessive might be.

"This opens the door for parking companies to increase their penalty demands and leaves the onus on motorists to fight sky-high charges on a case by case basis."

– Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

Essex chip shop owner loses Supreme Court battle over parking charge

Barry Beavis has failed in his appeal. Credit: PA

An Essex chip shop owner has lost an appeal at the UK's highest court over parking charges.

Barry Beavis, 47, of Chelmsford, launched legal action against private car park operators after he was charged £85 for overstaying his allotted two hours of free parking by nearly an hour.

He previously had his challenge dismissed at a county court and the Court of Appeal, and suffered a further defeat at the Supreme Court.

Mr Beavis, who owns The Happy Haddock chip shop in Billericay, Essex, was charged by management company ParkingEye after overstaying the permitted period of free parking at the Riverside Retail Park car park in Chelmsford in April 2013.

ParkingEye says its charges are "fair, reasonable and legally enforceable".

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