Motorists Urged to Fight Unfair Parking Penalties at Majicari
December 13, 2007, Press Dispensary. Parking enforcement, and its role as modern day “highway robbery”, remains a hot topic for British motorists. Most of us have received a parking fine we consider totally utterly unfair – whether it was for a brief stay on double yellows outside the school gates, the ticket machine had been vandalised, or there was no visible sign saying what charges applied to the parking bay. Help is at hand as Majicari ( http://www.majicari.com ), a website designed to help drivers with unfair penalty charges, launches today.
Majicari invites tales of woe from motorists who have been fined when they had a rock-solid excuse for their parking. The website was conceived by Matt Richardson, a resident of west London, who decided enough was enough after receiving a dubious penalty charge himself. He says: "The situation has gone too far with greedy private parking companies only interested in maximising their profits, pregnant women being fined for parking in mother and toddler bays*, and common sense and compassion clearly being shelved in the interests of cash."
He adds: “According to our own research, we estimate that more than half a million motorists receive parking tickets each day in cities around the world. How many of these tickets are a harsh call? I wanted to create a website to cater for the millions of miserable motorists who feel they have been treated unfairly."
Anyone who has received a parking ticket simply submits a short 'story' on the Majicari website and, if it selected, it appears online for voting. The motorists whose stories receive the most votes from website users will have their parking fines reimbursed, thanks to site advertising and sponsored tickets. Matt Richardson is so committed to the fair treatment of motorists that he will start by paying the fines out of his own pocket while the site establishes itself.
He says: “With the likes of Bristol, Newcastle and Westminster all introducing pay by phone parking systems, I can envisage even more unfair penalty fines occurring as these systems may have teething problems. At Majicari, we hope to champion the rights of long-suffering motorists and turn negative scenarios into positive ones.”
As well as catering for the UK, Majicari is open to motorists from anywhere in the world. Adding to the tales of parking woe, the site contains parking news, parking facts, a ‘hall of fame’ for parking wardens who are decent ‘sorts’, parking-related petitions and more.
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Notes for editors
Majicari was set up by Matt Richardson, a resident of West London, after he received a parking ticket while doing a good deed at his children's school. The site, Majicari.com, champions the rights of motorists who have received unfair parking fines and seeks to reimburse the ones with the best stories.
For further information, please contact:
David Woodcock, Majicari
Tel: 0208 892 8844
Tel: 0208 892 8844