A HUDDERSFIELD businesswoman caught out by parking rules claims the system is unfair.
Hayley Lomas lives in Bradford and travels to Huddersfield every day to her businesses, The Teddy Bear Shop in Market Walk and Chocolate and Gifts in Slaithwaite.
She regularly parks in Springwood car park, Huddersfield, and has been given parking fines there twice.
Both times, she had bought a ticket to cover a full day's parking - but, crucially, she failed to display the ticket correctly.
She left it with the date and time facing down on the dashboard.
The first time it happened, she produced her valid ticket at Kirklees Council's parking office and the £30 fixed penalty notice was waived.
However, the second time, on December 22, the office refused to waive the fine.
Ms Lomas has now paid the fine, but thinks it was unfair, as she had the ticket to prove she had paid to park.
She said: "I phoned the office and said I had a valid ticket and they said it was my responsibility to make sure it was the right way up.
"Sometimes you are rushing around and you put the ticket the wrong way up.
"The serial number on the back of the ticket matches the one on the front. They could note it and even after the fine was issued they could check it to find out if I had paid.
"I think it's appalling."
Ms Lomas said it could be avoided if all the machines issued tickets that stick to the windscreen instead of having to go on the dashboard.
A Kirklees Council spokeswoman said the offence which fixed penalties were issued for was worded "failing to display a valid ticket" rather than "failing to buy a valid ticket".
She said: "The ticket was face down so the expiry time and date could not be validated. A criminal offence had therefore occurred and the charge notice was correctly issued.
"A couple of months earlier, she had received a charge notice and produced a valid ticket. The council understands these situations sometimes happen and was lenient by cancelling the charge notice."
She said there were various technical reasons why not all tickets were sticky but the council's parking office would sell plastic ticket holders to drivers for 25p.