Boss of private security firm ‘rent-a-cop’ uses company car satellite tracker to prove McDonald’s ‘drive-thru’ parking violation never occurred and gets fine of £ 100 reversed
- A Sparta Security driver was fined £ 100 by UK Parking Control Ltd
- UKPC claimed his van had been standing in front of a McDonald’s for ten straight hours
- The security company proved the claim was false thanks to satellite technology
The boss of a private security company was successfully thrown away a parking fee when he used satellite technology to prove the claim was incorrect.
A Sparta Security driver was fined £ 100 last month for alleging that one of his vehicles had parked outside a McDonald’s drive-thru for more than 10 hours.
But the company’s boss, Francis Jones, was able to prove that the UK Parking Control Ltd (UKPC) charge was bogus as all of their vehicles are equipped with satellite tracking devices.
Former boxer Francis Jones had successfully destroyed the parking ticket thanks to the technology in their vehicles
He later received a letter apologizing for the mistake.
Mr. Jones, a former professional boxer, who fought for the British Welterweight Championship in 2007, but retired for health reasons, said, ‘People make mistakes and I happily accept the apology, but the reason I took this position was to emphasize that these fines are not always what they are.
“People generally don’t get the benefit of the kind of satellite technology systems mounted in our security vehicles, so they wouldn’t be able to provide the evidence needed to blow such claims out of the water.
“They might therefore feel like they have to pay the fine, but my message is don’t be intimidated and fight your corner.”
UKPC said the car was parked outside a McDonald’s driveway for ten hours
The incident began when a Sparta security officer parked the Hyundai Kona outside McDonald’s, in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, at the start of his night shift at approximately 7am.
He then spent the night driving around various security locations in the Northeast, before calling back to the drive-thru at 5:20 AM the next morning.
UKPC claimed the car had been parked there all night, but Francis was able to take computer-generated prints to show exactly where his employee was during his shift.
The UKPC’s letter to Sparta Security, which gained national exposure after providing private policing on the streets of Darlington in 2009, stated: ‘We appreciate the inconvenience this has caused you.
‘We do not intend to cause unnecessary worries and frustration in enforcement
Mr Jones urged people to ‘fight their corners’ after proving the charge was false
the parking regulations of our customers. We have investigated the appeal based on the information you submitted and confirm that in this case the parking fee has been canceled.
“We strive to provide a high quality service that improves the existing quality standards that our customer insists on and ensures that our guards are rigorously trained to meet those expected standards. On behalf of ourselves and our customer, we apologize for any inconvenience caused. ‘
The company has been contacted by the MailOnline for comment.