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Oxfordshire car park fines for not keeping within white lines

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Image caption APCOA, which operates Didcot Parkway car park, has declined to comment

People parking at an Oxfordshire car park say they are being fined for not keeping within the white lines.

The size of the spaces at Didcot Parkway railway station, on Foxhall Road, are unconfirmed but some commuters claim they are too small.

APCOA, which operates the car park, has so far declined to comment.

The firm is a member of the British Parking Association, which recommends a minimum of 4.8m (15.7ft) x 2.4m (7.8ft), but this is not mandatory.

'Good parker'

Penny Reid, from Wantage, drives a Land Rover Freelander and recently received an £80 Civil Parking Notice at the car park.

"I can fit within the space, I'm a good parker - but if there is a car parked next to me I can't get out," she said.

Kelvin Reynolds, from the British Parking Association, said the association's recommended minimum size for a parking space had "survived the test of time".

He added that although it does not regulate companies the association does assist them to operate "best practice".

"Spaces need to be marked so the car park works efficiently - maximising space without compromising safety," he said.

Edward Hanrahan, from East Hendred, regularly parks his Audio A4, which he describes as a "medium sized car", at Didcot Parkway.

He said: "I got an £80 parking ticket, then three weeks later when I hadn't paid it I got a final demand and a doubling of the payment.

"Since then I've had another demand from a solicitor and debt collectors - it's all just scare mongering."

A spokesperson at First Great Western, which operates the railway station, said: "We haven't received any complaints about this issue previously, but we will now be investigating and assessing the car park sizes."

The British Parking Association said it would also investigate the situation.

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