Goodwill gesture leaves Jo with a £455 parking bill

ANGRY Jo Bonsor's car was clamped. Picture: Sarah Standing (122834-9345)
ANGRY Jo Bonsor's car was clamped. Picture: Sarah Standing (122834-9345)
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DRIVER Jo Bonsor didn’t think there was anything wrong with another motorist giving her their pay and display ticket.

But clamping firm City Watch Enforcement took issue with the goodwill gesture and issued Jo, 40, with a £455 fine when she returned to her car at a car park in Old Market Road, Cosham.

The clampers told Jo they clamped her car because it was illegal for people to hand over parking tickets with time left on them to others.

And because she had been gone for more than half an hour the firm called out its tow truck – raising the fine from £205 to £455.

Jo, of Chalk Pit Road, Paulsgrove, had to pay the hefty fine on her debit card because she didn’t have any cash with her on the day of the incident – Saturday, August 18.

Jo, who is a consultant for Slimming World, said: ‘I had no choice but to pay because I use my car for work. I didn’t realise that it was wrong to swap tickets. The clamper said I had no choice but to pay up. He didn’t even think to get out of his van and tell me it was wrong.

‘I felt like I had been robbed in the street.

‘It was totally unfair because the tow truck never even arrived. The clamper cancelled it but I still had to pay the extra money.’

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt is asking The Insolvency Service to start a winding-up petition against City Watch so it can be liquidated.

The firm, which patrols city council-owned car parks behind High Street, Cosham, owes hundreds of pounds to people who have won legal cases against it.

The land is leased to Lionsgate Properties and managed by Lee Baron Limited.

Portsmouth City Council is due to take over from the clampers once a deal has been agreed. City Watch was unavailable for comment.