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Businessman felt he was 'targeted' after receiving parking ticket for car 'not fitting fully' in parking bay

Nottingham City Council's parking wardens issued him the ticket for his car Credit: BPM Media

A businessman in Nottingham felt he was 'targeted' due to the make of his car after he received a parking ticket for his car 'not fitting fully' in a parking bay.

Gary Digva, 37, parked his yellow Lamborghini on Barker Gate in Nottingham city centre on October 9 before visiting a nearby gym.

He paid for one hour and was back at his car within 40 minutes, but was "baffled" to return to find a ticket had been left on his vehicle.

Nottingham City Council's parking wardens had issued him the ticket for his car "not fitting fully within the bay".

Drivers "must park as close to the kerb as possible" at bays in the city for safety purposes and to avoid obstructing other vehicles and cyclists, the council has said.

But Gary Digva, said he felt he was targeted for "having a nice car".

He said: "I park in that bay four times a week to go to the Edwards Performance gym and all my cars fit outside the bays as they are too small for bigger vehicles."

Mr Digva is now liable for a £50 fine Credit: BPM Media

"It doesn't have any signs anywhere about saying the whole car has to fit within the bay. I think that's misleading."

"I am barely over the line as well. It's not a huge issue. But now I'm facing a fine."

"There was an obstruction on the pavement - the parking meter - so I didn't park right up to the kerb."

"I just feel like I was fined because I have a nice car to be honest. I was just going to the gym. I paid to park. I'm not trying to fleece anyone."

"I believe the bays are no longer suitable for the cars of today. They are wider and bigger now. "

– Gary Digva
Gary Digva Credit: BPM Media

Gary Digva is now liable for a £50 fine, which can be reduced to £25 if it's paid within 14 days.

But he has said he will take the matter further with the council through appeals and is refusing to pay the notice.

“We’re sorry to hear that Mr Digva feels his fine was unfair and he is welcome to challenge it through the official appeals process."

“It was issued because his car was parked outside the white lines of the parking bay and a distance from the kerb."

"Drivers are not permitted to park like this, even if they have a valid ticket or permit, because it can create an obstruction for other vehicles and particularly cyclists.”

– Nottingham City Council spokesperson

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