Firm fines people £20,000 for parking in their own spaces 

More than 100 drivers who claim they have been fined about £20,000 for parking in their own spaces are refusing to pay and battling to get them cancelled.

Residents living at the Broadway Complex in Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, say private parking enforcers Vehicle Control Services (VCS) has issued up to 200 tickets since it launched its scheme less than a month ago.

Some have racked up unpaid fines of £2,000 on the tickets, which carry an initial charge of £100 charge, reducing to £60 if paid within 14 days. In all, they estimate £20,000 of tickets have been issued.

More than 100 drivers say Vehicle Control Services has issued £20,000 worth of fines since it started operating less than a month ago

More than 100 drivers say Vehicle Control Services has issued £20,000 worth of fines since it started operating less than a month ago

Most fines have landed on cars belonging to apartment owners or renters parked in the space allotted to them in their contracts, but have not been displaying the new permits which VCS demand they use.

The firm posted warning letters and permits through residents' mailboxes just one working day before the launch, with many drivers saying they were away, didn't receive the letter or never got a permit.

Because the permit is specific to each parking space, residents can even be liable for a fine if someone parks in their space and they park elsewhere.

Drivers are refusing to pay up after the implementation of the unpopular parking scheme, meaning some have racked up fines of £2,000

Drivers are refusing to pay up after the implementation of the unpopular parking scheme, meaning some have racked up fines of £2,000

Others have been ticketed after refusing to adhere to the unpopular permit scheme, which residents claim they never asked for and were not consulted about.

Lambert Smith Hampton, which manages the 160 apartments in the complex, contracted VCS.

Jeff Smart, a 42-year-old media worker, led his neighbours in refusing to pay the fines and are refusing to give up until their fines are revoked and the firm is cut loose.

Staff members have been accused of rudeness toward residents and even parking in their spaces while issuing the fines 

Staff members have been accused of rudeness toward residents and even parking in their spaces while issuing the fines 

Mr Smart has ignored more than 20 fines and says he's prepared for legal action.

'We're fighting this as a group and will not be paying VCS. We will fight this all

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