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Five-hundred a month paying parking fines at Burton hospital

Around 500 people a month are being hit by parking fines as a result of leaving their cars in the wrong place at a Burton hospital.

Some £35,000 is being brought in through fines at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's Queen's Hospital, as well as its community sites in Lichfield and Tamworth.

However, the introduction of the automatic number plate recognition system has proven to be controversial and the British Motorist Protection Association has expressed concern over the parking enforcement methods being used by the trust.

A spokesman for the organisation told the Burton Mail that the methods are "seriously dysfunctional" and added that the body is "challenging the basis for their claims in the Royal Courts of Justice early in 2015".

The installation of the automatic number plate recognition system at Queen's Hospital could see as many as 6,000 visitors and staff members a year get hit by parking tickets, bringing in income as high as £420,000 over a 12-month period.

Hospital users who have been fined as a result of the parking enforcement in Burton have also complained that the new system is difficult to use. Each driver who fails to abide by the parking rules at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is hit with a £70 parking ticket.

Parking charges at hospitals has long been a controversial issue, with free parking a rarity at treatment centres around the UK.

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