May 19, 2022, 11:11

    Man gets parking charge thrown out because it wasn’t written in Welsh

    Man gets parking charge thrown out because it wasn’t written in Welsh

    A man has had a parking charge thrown out of court because it wasn't written in Welsh.

    Welsh language campaigner Toni Schiavone refused to pay the parking ticket because it was only written in English.

    He appeared at a civil court in Aberystwyth arguing the ticket and other correspondence was not served in Welsh.

    Mr Schiavone, a former teacher and education officer for the Welsh Government, received the parking notice in Llangrannog, Ceredigion in September 2020.

    The car park where he received the ticket is managed by One Parking Solutions, in Worthing in West Sussex.

    WalesOnline reports Mr Schiavone contacted the company requesting the penalty notice and further correspondence in Welsh several times.

    He stated that he would only pay the fine if it was served in Welsh.

    However, Toni Schiavone's case was thrown out of court on Wednesday as there was no representative from One Parking Solutions present.

    Welsh language campaigner, Toni Schiavone, with supporters

    Cymdeithas yr Iaith (Supply Fee – Media Wales))

    As Mr Schiavone had asked for all correspondence from the court in Welsh, One Parking Solutions had to translate all the information for the court, including a copy of the fine.

    The car park at the seafront in the tiny village of Llangrannog has made headlines over the past few years due to the number of people receiving fines in the post after leaving their vehicles there.

    And in April a man was hit with a £270 fine despite paying for parking.

    After the case Mr Schiavone said: "I repeatedly asked for the penalty notice in Welsh, and I would have paid the fine, but instead One Parking Solutions decided to take me to court.

    "Because they had been asked to translate a copy of the penalty notice for the court they did, but it took them a court case – and I haven't receive the official notice in Welsh at all."

    He said this set a precedent for the company, adding: "Seeing as they've translated the copy of the penalty notice there is nothing to stop them from issuing penalty notices in Welsh in the future.

    "Companies like this can do things in Welsh, but only if they are legally obliged to. And this is just one of many private companies that run car parks.

    "Clearly, the Welsh Language Measure needs to to be changed to include the private sector.

    "It's been more than ten years since the Language Measure was passed, and the Welsh language Standards have made a difference in the public sector – more people can and do use Welsh language services provided by their councils' and so on.

    "So when will we see the same change in the private sector?"

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