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Judge clamps down on parking firm

A car clamping company has been fined £1,500 after admitting misleading motorists.

Premier Parking, which operates in Edmonton Green shopping centre, had to fork out a further £450 in costs and compensation for advertising different charges for releasing clamped cars.

One sign said the release fee was £50, but another notice in the same car park said shoppers had to pay £60 to free their vehicles.

A motorist who noticed the inconsistencies complained to Enfield Council's trading standards department after they were charged £70 for their car's unclamping.

Magistrates fined the company £500 for each count of misleading drivers, as well as awarding £380 costs to the council and £70 compensation to the complainant.

Cllr Terry Neville, cabinet member for the environment, said: "I suspect many motorists out there will be cheering when they hear this news.

"Companies have a duty to be clear, honest and transparent with their charges, and as a council we are determined to protect the consumer from devious practices."

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