Good Samaritan’s parking ticket refund

Jackie Homer, North East Manager of LDK with the cheque for �60 which will be awarded to John Tyreman''w111309     Picture: Ceri Oakes
Jackie Homer, North East Manager of LDK with the cheque for �60 which will be awarded to John Tyreman''w111309 Picture: Ceri Oakes
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A PARKING company has refunded a Good Samaritan’s parking ticket following a Whitby Gazette campaign.

Taxi driver John Tyreman was given the £60 ticket after dropping off an elderly disabled fare at the Co-operative supermarket in Whitby.

LDK, the company which manages the railway station car park, refunded Mr Tyreman’s money after the Gazette was able to prove that he had not simply been doing his shopping, as the company claimed.

Mr Tyreman said: “They have had the decency to admit that I was not doing any shopping, that I had dropped someone off, and they held their hands up, so we have had a good outcome.

“I have had so much sympathy in the past 10 days, everyone saying ‘I hope you get your money back’, and it was thanks to the Gazette.”

Following the Gazette’s intervention, LDK issued a cheque for £60 to Mr Tyreman and apologised for the error.

LDK’s north east manager Jackie Homer said: “We investigate all appeals as soon as they come in, and if it is a genuine mistake we will issue the money back.”

The parking company has been criticised recently due to its heavy-handed approach to issuing parking tickets, but now Mr Tyreman has received assurances the company is going to ease up to allow taxis dropping off elderly or disabled fares to stop in the station.

Mr Tyreman, who works for Harrison’s Taxis, added: “I know my boss rang up LDK as well and they are going to let taxis stop there now, if they put their hazard lights on, so it’s a good result for all involved.”