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Driver Fined For Service Station Nap

Tuesday August 20 2013


Fined: Sheena Fined: Sheena


A DRIVER has been fined £100 for overstaying her welcome at a service station - after taking a nap because she was too tired to drive.

Sheena Brabazon is concerned people will consider driving when tired just to avoid being fined in case they sleep too long at motorway services.

The dance teacher, 54, of Roman Road, Darton, said: "I work all over the country. On that occasion I was working in Sheffield and later on I was going to a dance evening in Chesterfield.

"I hadn't slept well the night before and thought I would be okay. I planned to see some friends before the dance evening but by the time I got to Woodall services I realised I needed a break."

She parked up at the service station and planned to have a nap, but ended up sleeping for three hours.

After waking she went into the service station for something to eat and drink and then thought nothing more of it until the fine came a week later.

"I hadn't seen the enforcement signs and hadn't looked for them but even if I had it wouldn't have changed the fact I was exhausted and needed to sleep.

"Fines at service stations are morally abhorrent and work against the public interest. There needs to be some changes to the law to stop it.

"Whatever happens I am not paying it on principle. It is risking people's lives who may need to sleep but cannot afford the fine and keep on driving.
"Service stations should be there for public safety and should never charge."

What do you think to this? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Nicki on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 09:41
I feel so sorry for this lady. How would it have been if she had continued driving, fallen asleep at the wheel and killed someone? She was absolutely in the right pulling into the service station and getting some sleep, and since when is there a time limit on how long you can stay in a service station? Lorry drivers can park up and stay there all night, so why are car drivers any different? Good on you for not paying the fine - I just hope that the powers that be come to their senses and don't follow through with this madness

Reply Posted by Gary on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 15:30
The Highways agency are already pushing to have these fines abolished, and the government seem to agree, but the change in law hasn't happened yet.

Search for "Brake on motorway rest fines"

Reply Posted by Gypsum Fantastic on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 11:41
At service stations you only get a couple of hours free parking. After that you have to pay a few quid. It's not much, unless you ignore the signs and get fined. There are signs everywhere about it in these places.

It's a huge pain to get a parking ticket, but you know, the rules aren't hard to follow either.

Reply Posted by mick on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 11:42
these fines are terrible and I feel sorry for the lady as she probably missed the signs but as a lorry driver we get the same fines if we stay over the 2 hour limit without paying the parking fee. Nicki I don't know what they charge cars but we have to pay anything between £18 and £30 depending on which services we park on its an outrage and hope this lady finishes up not paying it

Reply Posted by Ian R on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 11:44
Just another example of 'RIP OFF BRITON' sleep the time & pay the fine however wrong it seems their argument is bullet proof, the car park is well signed, the fact that she failed to read them isn't 'their' fault, so to avoid her fine being doubled & costs on top, just pay up then start an epartition on line and hope for the 100000 signitures it requires to trigger a debate .... where do I sign ?

Reply Posted by Phantom on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 11:45
Lorry drivers don't stay for free though. It's usually between £10 and £15 a night depending on if you want breakfast included. Car drivers usually get 2 hours free. After that you have to pay. Its to stop people who commute to work, meeting up there and then just taking one car to work, leaving 1 or 2 cars cluttering the car park all day. If a few people do this you can have 15/20 cars there all day taking up spaces and not even using the services. If I had a business I'd do the same. This lady has unfortunately fallen foul of the system by trying to do the right thing.

Reply Posted by John on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 11:48
Whether there are signs or not, this is private ground, and so not a legal matter.
It is up to the company who gave you the "fine" (which it isn't, they can't fine you, they are just asking for money) to prove you were on their private land, AND that you were there with intent to break the laws of the land.. the legal term is trespassing with intent, and they cannot prove anything..
Throw it in the bin, hold your ground, they will probably send a couple more and then give up.. just search the net for parking fines, there is lots of info.

Reply Posted by b on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 11:59
As john says throw it in the bin tried the same with me i asked for proof and never heard from them again

Reply Posted by paul on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 12:02
Typical UK , so glad i moved ..

Reply Posted by paul on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 12:09
Facebook should have a name and shame profile . Then it could be emailed or even posted via mail . Name And Shame Them ...

Reply Posted by king louis on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 12:10
ignore the police type badge that they put on paperwork, to be legal they need a police incident number and not even these modern day Dick Turpin's will do that, chuck it in the bin and forget it... google the law it will put your mind at ease

Reply Posted by Nicki on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 12:25
Apologies Mick, I got that wrong, i didn't realise that lorry drivers were restricted as well. Maybe i'm confused with specific truck parks x

Reply Posted by Katherine on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 12:34
I have a lot of sympathy for this lady because she was trying to do the right thing, but parking restrictions need to be in place to stop hundreds of cars from hogging the spaces in service stations. It's unfortunate that she didn't see the signs, and I appreciate she recognised she was too tired to drive, but if they didn't charge for parking who knows how many people would park there for hours on end. The service station need to make their signs more visible and their parking restrictions more clear so people realise before being landed with these fines.

Reply Posted by Alex on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 12:36
Far too much of this crap going on now! no matter where you look, there's a fine for it. When it's all boiled down, it's a scam. This, as well as the last Government will, or haven't done anything to stop it, because they get a good chunk of the money for it as well, under the name of "VAT".

Reply Posted by Eddie on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 14:02
Whatever you do don't pay it, totally none enforceable in a court of law. File the letter gracefully in the bin.

Reply Posted by Barnsley truth on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 14:07
I smell a rat.
You drive from Chesterfield to Woodall services a 15 minute drive and then realise you are that tired you sleep for 3 hours....mmmmmmmm

Reply Posted by dawn on Wednesday August 21 2013 at 09:54
lol. thought that was only me that thought it dint sound right

Reply Posted by Mystery on Friday August 30 2013 at 14:15
She must have been in a deep sleep if she didn't hear a bloke put a ticket on her windscreen. Woodhall Services sell coffee. Better idea next time.

Reply Posted by Aileen on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 15:46
I would not pay because i dont think services stations should have a limit to how long any one needs a rest but then i dont think i could ever sleep in my car for 3 hours

Reply Posted by herpaderp on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 17:08
LOL at all the internet lawyers

She broke the rules, and now has to pay the penalty, what's the problem with that.

There will be signs around the car park detailing the obligation you have as a driver for using their car park, but she says she didn't see them?

Hard lines, pay up and shut up.

Reply Posted by russ on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 21:34
i was fined 80 pound for stopping two and half hours in a service station on the m5 on my way to working away from home, i set off at midnight and saw the sign "take a break tiredness kill" so pulled into the services and spent 65pound there and got fined for having a nap, but now i dont use the rip off services.get ripped off in england

Reply Posted by Dave on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 23:00
Forget it , they try it on . It will be some private parking outfit. They tried it on with my lad for being 3 mins over his parking limit . Very impressive letter came through the post looked very official , just another set of clowns trying to rip people off . BINNED IT !

Reply Posted by dawn on Wednesday August 21 2013 at 09:51
Nicki no lorrys cant stay there they have to pay like every1 else ask my husband he got a fine too !!

Reply Posted by LOL on Wednesday August 21 2013 at 20:21
LETS HAVE A WHIP ROUND

Reply Posted by i know nothing on Thursday August 22 2013 at 07:41
IM GETTING A BIT TIRED NOW YAURN

Reply Posted by Lisa on Friday August 23 2013 at 09:49
If the services have loads of signs saying your only permitted to stay for so long then buy a ticket then that's what she should have done. I got a parking ticket and didn't pay it, in the end it had tripled so ended up paying it before more costs were added. At the end of the day pay the fine like everyone else as to. On the other hand she did the right thing pulling up because its always saying on signs tiredness kills take a break but sleeping for 3 hours wow that's not a power hour really is it?

Reply Posted by Miss.N on Friday August 23 2013 at 12:20
Exactly Lisa; plus she was tired before hand. You shouldn't need a sign saying stop and nap to actually know sleeping whilst tired is dangerous. Just pay; she was the one putting lives at risk in the first place!

Reply Posted by Craig on Sunday August 25 2013 at 20:15
Sleeping whilst tired is dangerous? LOL always been a good idea really.....when eles would you sleep?!?

Reply Posted by sara on Sunday August 25 2013 at 20:34
the world has gone mad. total computerisation and lack of personal human intervention has created this silly situation. its a case of 'computer says no!'

Reply Posted by g on Sunday August 25 2013 at 20:35
how many times have any of us had a quick intended snooze and ended up in a deeper sleep it can happen to any body signs on motorways state take a break tired ness kills its just a rip off but so is there prices i think she does right not to pay

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