Woman who thought Welsh sign was telling her parking was free complains after receiving £85 fine
A woman complained about a £85 fine in Rhyl after thinking that a Welsh language sign was telling her that parking was free.
The sign said ‘Aros am ddim mwy nac 11/2 awr’ (stay for no longer that 11/2 hours) but the woman said the first part of the message taken alone ‘Aros am ddim’ implied that parking was free.
She said that there were also English language signs at Home Bargains in Rhyl but that she didn’t check them.
The Nottingham Post carried the story under the headline “Woman hit with £85 parking fine because sign was in Welsh” but the Welsh language used is correct, although ‘Dim parcio am fwy nag 1 awr’ might have avoided the customer misunderstanding.
The women had posted on Facebook: “I believe the sign is misleading and should be changed, especially if more people have made the same mistake as myself.
“I double-checked the signage, there is only one sign at the entrance in Welsh. There are other signs in English by the entrance to the actual shop, I had no reason to check for further signage, as I believed I was OK to park.”
A spokesperson for Parkingeye who monitor the car park said that there was “highly-visible signage in both the English and Welsh languages”.
“If anyone has mitigating circumstances, we would encourage them to highlight this by appealing,” they added.