Law professor Ant Mayers fights against Riverside Retail Park charge
A law professor has denounced the “cold and inhumane” actions of a company of bailiffs and a parking company which threaten him with lawsuits in county court for parking costs of Â£ 250.
Ant Mayers, 42, of Norfolk Street, Norwich, accidentally left his car in the Riverside Retail Park car park during the two and a half hour limit for free parking on December 9, 2018 while having breakfast Sunday and bowling with her then six-year-old boy from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.
The teacher at Sir John Lennon High School in Beccles accepted his mistake and was happy to pay the original Â£ 42 penalty notice but never received it as the original invoice was sent to a previous address on Ber Street, which he had moved to. in October 2018.
His new address has been registered with the DVLA, but he claims his requests to discuss the Â£ 42 payment with Highview Parking, which is now part of GroupNexus, which owns the car park, and that the enforcement and bailiff services DCBL’s justice system were ignored.
Mr Mayers said: “I didn’t think about it until April 2019 when I got a letter from DCBL asking for Â£ 140. They said this because I hadn’t paid the original Â£ 42. I never got the original letter. The original charge is a fair cop. I was open enough to solve it.
âI tried to contact Highview to say what was wrong but they didn’t want to tell me. I constantly tried to reason with them and DCBL. It’s ridiculous because I never saw the original letter. “
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He insisted that the DVLA had received his change of address notice and that he had arranged for his mail to be redirected to his new address.
âHighview and DCBL failed to get a little common sense and sanity. I don’t like the cold and inhuman attitude, just pay it off. If you try to reason, they say, ‘We’ll go to the court. ‘
“There is something wrong with the system,” Mayers added.
He believed that the culture of the parking business and debt collector amounted to bullying and that his tactics would cause additional stress for many people.
But the teacher added that the thought of going to county court did not stress him, adding, “I look forward to it.”
DCBL and GroupNexus did not respond to repeated requests for comment.