EDWARD Wales was taken to court by Combined Parking Solutions over £4950 of unpaid fines racked up in a Glasgow car park.

DRIVERS who think they can ignore parking fines issued by private firms have been dealt a blow – after a motorist had to stump up £3000.

Edward Wales was taken to court by Combined Parking Solutions over £4950 of unpaid fines racked up in a Glasgow car park.

They claimed he left his car for more than two hours at the Sky-Park site in Houldsworth Street, Finnieston, on 33 occasions last year.

There are a number of red signs at the car park – for customers of the nearby McDonalds – warning motorists that the maximum stay is two hours.

The fixed fine is £100, which is reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days or increased to £150 if ignored.

The company and Wales reached a settlement of £2890 plus interest at Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday, on the day the case was due to go to a civil hearing.

Angela McCredie, for the firm, said: “There appears to be a misconception that private parking charges aren’t legally enforceable by the parking company.”

The firm claimed Wales didn’t appeal any of the tickets at the time – and later said he had read online that charges for private parking were not enforceable in Scotland.

Operations manager Mike Perkins said they were reviewing more than 500 cases for legal action in Scotland, adding: “We fear we will hear this story about bad advice being given many more times.

“I can only suggest if people have ignored charges, it is not too late to contact us and settle at a much lower amount than it will be once legal action has commenced.”