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NHS doctors and nurses have been hit with hundreds of fines for parking at the hospital where they work.
Six thousand staff at the University Hospital of Wales, in Cardiff, are forced to battle for 1,800 parking spaces every day.
Many parked in spaces reserved for visitors which led to inspectors handing out 100,000 tickets.
However, disgruntled employees – some of whom only earn £15,100 per year – planned to veto fines in protest.
But a judge at Cardiff Civil Justice ruled three workers slapped with more than 100 tickets each must pay up.
The hearing, which involved Stephen Dadswell, Emily Booth and Sophie Round, was a described as a test case for others who have failed to pay the £128 fine, the Daily Mail reported.
Ms Round told the newspaper she was “gutted” and said: “It’s not really the outcome that we wanted and what we earn doesn’t really cover the fines.”
Robert O’Brien, 35, quit his hospital job earlier this year when he was hit with almost £800 in fines from contractor Indigo.
He told the Daily Mail: ‘I quit my job with the NHS because of the stress of being hit with parking fines.
“I loved the job but just couldn’t take it anymore.”
However, others backed the ruling.
One staff nurse said: “We have a park and ride available not far from here which only costs £1 and is useful.”
A spokesman for parking firm Indigo said: “In April last year, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Indigo agreed a new set of measures to improve car parking on the University Hospital of Wales site.
“As a gesture of goodwill towards car park users, parking charge notices issued up to the end of March 2016 were cancelled.
“In addition, the cost of a Parking Charge Notice was reduced to £10, if paid within 14 days.
“Despite this, a number of people refused to pay for parking at the site. They also ignored the resulting PCNs and declined to use the formal appeals process.”
A spokesman for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, told the Daily Mail: “The vast majority of over 98 per cent of staff comply with the parking regulations.
“It is disappointing that a few people have chosen to refuse to co-operate with the contractors Indigo Parking Services UK and have chosen to pursue this through the courts.
“All staff and others visiting University Hospital Wales are encouraged to comply with the parking regulations in order for us to keep the site, safe, free- flowing and allow access to emergency vehicles and vital health services.
“We are aware there are significant financial costs and the financial hardship the staff have placed themselves in.
“We encourage all staff to engage with Indigo Car Parking Service UK at the earliest opportunity to avoid mounting legal and court costs.”
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