A Gatwick parking firm has been fined more than £10,000 after falsely claiming to be a Gatwick Airport approved operator.
EPS Parking Limited, based in Crawley, claimed to be part of West Sussex County Council’s Buy with Confidence scheme, as well as claiming their car parks had been Park Mark awarded and they were approved by the British Parking Association.
EPS Parking was found guilty of breaching the Unfair Trading Regulations Act 2008, by claiming to be an approved operator of the county council Trading Standards scheme on the company’s website.
Crawley magistrates fined the company £2,000 for each of the five offences it was charged with. They also awarded costs of £2,683 to West Sussex County Council.
West Sussex County Council Trading Standards service told the court they began investigating EPS Parking last October following complaints from customers. The court also heard that the company was originally a member of the Buy with Confidence scheme, but were later removed and should not have been advertising that it was still a member.
The court heard that the county council’s Trading Standards service began its investigation into the company last October following complaints from customers. The company was originally a member of the Buy with Confidence scheme but they were later removed and should not have been advertising that it was still a member.
The Buy with Confidence scheme provides a list of reputable Gatwick Airport parking firms that have been checked and vetted by West Sussex County Council’s Trading Standards team.