Security firm boss says £80 fine was legal
THE new owner of a security business is refuting allegations his firm acted illegitimately in a Truro car park.
Kris, who took over Armtrac Security Services in July, and did not want his full name published for fear of reprisals, said that he had photographic proof that Will Allen, who was given an £80 parking fine at RCP car park on Tabernacle Street, had parked in an Armtrac space.
Mr Allen, from Pembrokeshire, claimed it was acting without authority after car park owners RCP Parking Ltd, said it had no affiliation with Armtrac.
However, Kris showed the West Briton a rolling contract with RCP signed in 2009. He also has a contract with a neighbouring office which has ten spaces within the Tabernacle car park patrolled by Armtrac. He said Mr Allen parked in one of these.
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In an apparent U-turn, director of RCP Parking Ltd, Shapoor Naghshineh, admitted it did have a contract with Armtrac.
He said: "We have a contract with them but only if we ask them to clamp vehicles. We haven't instructed them to clamp anyone."
Last week he instructed his agents Miller Commercial to remove Armtrac signs from the car park entrance. He said he would now end the contract.
Kris, who lives in Truro, said he would pursue the £80 charge from Mr Allen, adding: "In Cornwall, no fine is affordable. We're in a double dip recession; people get angry because we're taking their money away.
"We are governed by the British Parking Association. If he (Mr Allen) fails to pay up within 14 days then the charge rises to £100, after that it goes to a debt recovery agency."
His new business had reduced its fines to £60.
"The owners of our car park sites, more than 500 throughout Cornwall, pay us to control, and in many cases, maintain and regulate their sites and that is all we do."