A DRIVER faced a £50 fine for spending two minutes too long looking in vain for a parking space.
Patrick Barry, 30, was stuck in a car park for 12 minutes behind a queue of other frustrated drivers.
NCP, which runs the car park in Portsmouth, has a 10-minute limit for drivers to leave without a ticket.
Mr Barry said the car park was ‘absolute bedlam’ because street parking had been suspended for a charity run.
‘I knew there was no space from the moment I drove in, so got out as quickly as I could and thought no more of it,’ he said.
A month later the hairdresser received a penalty notice, charging him £50 for spending 12 minutes in the car park without a ticket.
Mr Barry, from Gosport, Hampshire, said: ‘It’s absolutely outrageous. I am being forced to pay £50 for the sake of two minutes.’
After being approached for a comment, NCP cancelled the fine and apologised. Staff had not known about the charity run, a spokeswoman said.