Voss & Team (MDR): Egbert Vinzenz Schwarz (62) from Freiberg has trouble with a parking lot surveillance company that wrongly fined him 30 euros.
Freiberg/Ruhla – Egbert Vinzenz Schwarz (62) parked his car in a Freiberg Penny car park twice in one day for ten minutes each. He should pay 30 euros for this. Because of an error in the parking lot surveillance system, which has already occurred several times.
The 62-year-old drives to the parking lot of the Penny supermarket on Bundesstraße 101/Olbernhauer Straße on March 1, 2022 at 9:01 a.m., as the current “Voss & Team” episode (MDR) shows. Ten minutes later he leaves the premises and sets off for work.
At around 3:50 p.m. when he finishes work, he stops in the parking lot again to bring his wife cake. At 4 p.m. Schwarz drives away again.
Five days later, he and his wife Ute receive mail from the Stuttgart parking space surveillance company “Park & Control” (PAC), which records the parking time in that parking lot by means of automatic license plate recognition when driving in and out.
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If a car exceeds the maximum duration of 90 minutes, a contractual penalty of at least 30 euros can be imposed.
“I knew immediately what was in it before I opened the letter and I almost laughed inside,” says Ute Schwarz. “The reaction was: ‘You can’t do that, no!'”
The Schwarz family is accused of parking there continuously from 9:01 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The couple objects, mentioning a previous Voss & Team post that also addressed a PAC error, prompting the company to waive the €30 fine.
Other MDR viewers have also reported similar instances of being wrongly accused of standing too long in a PAC-monitored parking lot. Apparently, the system is not technically perfect.
In mid-November 2021 it was Heike and Gunter Langgut from Thuringia. From Ruhla they drove to Bremen in a rental van to help their son move.
They are said to have parked in a parking lot there from 8:12 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. the following day.
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“It was clear to me when we wrote down that they would see that it was just a misunderstanding. We were not aware of any guilt and were able to prove it,” says Heike Langgut, who refers to receipts and a Google Maps history could.
At the time, PAC referred to two photos of the entrance and exit and initially insisted on paying the 30-euro fine, but later dropped its claims.
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