Lincolnshire hospital parking system ‘not fit for purpose’

A parking firm has been criticised for issuing penalty notices to hospital staff, despite them paying a monthly fee to use the facilities. ParkingEye said there had been a small number of cases where vehicles were not correctly registered at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT). However, Bryn Jones, from Unite, said the system run by ParkingEye was not fit for purpose. ULHT confirmed it was working with the firm to resolve any issues. ParkingEye introduced the new automatic number plate recognition system in November 2018 when it took over the contract and said it was working to resolve any problems and had rescinded wrongly issued notices. A petition has also been launched calling for the system to be scrapped and the old barrier system brought back. ULHT, which has hospitals in Lincoln, Boston, Grantham and Louth, said it was aware of staff being issued with penalty notices and advised them to appeal.