An enraged taxi driver has been hit with a nearly £3,000 bill after refusing to pay £4 for parking.
Atif Amin, 49, saw red when Glasgow Airport car park guards told him he had to pay £4 for parking and repeatedly banged the payment machine.
Adamant that his disabled parking badge allowed him free entry into the NCP car park, the father-of-two smashed the payment machine’s display screen with a torch, causing £2,700 in damage .
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Assistant Prosecutor Amber Feeney told Paisley Sheriff Court the incident happened at Glasgow Airport‘s NCP car park at around 5.20am on January 4 last year.
Ms Feeney explained: “Witnesses were working at the main office of the NCP when the defendant’s car approached the drop-off and pick-up point and pressed the intercom button.
“He was told he had to pay £4 to use the drop off and pick up area.
“Amin indicated that he was dropping off his mother and had a disabled badge displayed.
“The witness further testified that the badge did not allow payment exceptions and the accused became enraged and started punching the screen with his fist.
“Amin then grabbed a torch from his vehicle and smashed the screen four times, causing it to explode.”
The court heard that aggrieved Amin then paid the £4 parking fee to gain access.
Ms Feeney added: ‘Police have been contacted due to damage to the machine.
“The amount of damages amounted to £2,700.
“Police viewed CCTV and took note of his registration number and when questioning the accused he said ‘The parking lot refused to lift the barrier.’
“He was not warned and charged at that time.”
Defense agent Kirsty McGeehan told the court that Amin was dropping off a family member at the airport that day and that he believed his disabled badge gave him free access.
Ms McGeehan said: “In his view, disabled badge holders are allowed to access NCP car parks without paying.
“According to him, the parking attendant was aggressive and was told he had to park and pay his fees.
“There is no sign at the airport to indicate disabled parking fees.”
At sentencing, Sheriff Eoin McGinty said: ‘It was very expensive parking for you as you now have a £2700 compensation order to pay.
Sheriff McGinty ordered Amin, of Muirhouse Park in Edinburgh, to pay compensation of £2,700 at the rate of £120 a month.
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