Some of the more unscrupulous parking companies have found that by using staged photographs they can issue a parking charge even when no contravention has occurred.
Here are the photographs taken by Brian Cook's warden at Lusty Glaze in Cornwall. They are apparently staged to imply that the details on the parking ticket are not visible.
Here is another photograph taken by the motorist from a different position. As you can see, the angle from which the photo is taken can either make the expiry date visible or non-visible.
Here is yet another view.
Sadly Armtrac are not the only parking company wise to this game. In Link v M in Bristol this week, the motorist argued that their permit was properly on display and stated the photographs supplies as evidence did not support Link's case. The judge agreed that the photos were of a poor quality and commented that there was glare but went on to say that he was satisfied that the Link employee had gone to a lot of trouble which he would not have done had the parking permit been on clear display.
The lesson to be learned from this is that if you find a windscreen ticket on your car and believe your permit was correctly displayed you should immediately take a number of photographs from several angles and distances to support your case.
It appears judges are not yet fully clued up to the nefarious tricks that the dodgier parking companies get up to.
The Parking Prankster