A woman left fuming over a hospital parking fine has warned others not to be caught out.
The couple were regulars at the main hospital site but it was the first time they had been to nearby Acre Mill.
“When we go to the main hospital there is a barrier down and you take a ticket and pay on your way out,” she said. “I’ve never had any problems and always paid.
“But when we went to Acre Mill there was no barrier and I just drove in and parked. I didn’t see any signs and thought nothing more about it.
“Everyone understands the barrier system so why is it different? It’s just confusing for people.
“I know I’m 76 but there are plenty of people worse off than me who might get caught out.”
The appointment was on April 14 and it was only last week when a fine notice dropped through the couple’s letterbox.
The fine is £30 if paid within 14 days or £60 afterwards and Mrs Newham said: “I didn’t see any signs and I am quite cross about it.
“I have always paid my way and this is my first parking ticket in 50 years of driving.”
The Acre Mill car park is controlled by automatic number plate recognition cameras which record cars going in and out.
Drivers must pay at a machine when they arrive but don’t have to display a ticket.
Mrs Newham said she wanted to warn other patients not to be caught out like she was and added: “It just doesn’t seem fair. I’m probably going to appeal and speak to my MP about it.”
In April Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust introduced charges for Blue Badge holders and increased charges for all drivers by 25%.
The minimum charge is now £2.50 for up to two hours.
In a statement, Lesley Hill, director of planning, performance, estates and facilities, said: “Signs are prominently displayed at a number of points across the Acre Mill Outpatients Centre car park.
“Our Acre Mill car park has automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) traffic management system, and parking time must be purchased on arrival. Barriers are not in place and there is no need to display a ticket.
“The pay machine is located in the main entrance of Acre Mill and guidance can be sought from reception staff if required.
“Full information about the parking arrangements across all our sites is available on our website.”