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first_imgMr Chihaia said: “I wrote to them July 29 saying I wouldn’t be paying because I wasn’t there. I can’t believe it’s gone this far. Nearly four months later there is no evidence showing my car in the car park. It’s simple.”An NCP spokeswoman said: “NCP will be happy to speak to Mr Chihaia so that we can understand what has occurred in order to address the situation appropriately.”If Mr Chihaia has not in fact used the car park, although his vehicle registration has been identified on our automatic number plate recognition system, then he will not be liable for the PCN. NCP will be contacting Mr Chihaia directly.” George Chihaia, a groundworker from Edgware, north London Credit:Mercury George Chihaia's response to NCP George Chihaia’s response to NCPCredit:Mercury The picture taken when it was light is supposed to show me going into the car park – why would I be reversing in?George Chihaia George Chihaia, a groundworker from Edgware, north Londoncenter_img In a letter submitted to POPLA on October 3, NCP wrote: “The appellant has appealed on the basis that they did not park within the operator’s car park and therefore no parking session fee was due.”They state they were not parked at the location where the PCN (parking charge notice) had stated and it was for NCP to prove where they had parked.”We note the appellant’s comment, however, if the appellant’s vehicle had not entered the operator’s location, the ANPR technology would not have picked up their vehicle movements as shown in the evidence photos.”NCP also stated that independent research has found Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to be “99 per cent accurate”. But Mr Chihaia said he was actually doing two turns in the road and used on-street parking while he visited a friend’s house nearby.Mr Chihaia, a groundworker from Edgware, north London, said: “I am so angry and confused.”They say there is clear photographic evidence of me coming and going, but none of their pictures show me in the car park.”That is because I never even went in the car park. I did a turn in the road while I looked for a space on the street. Then I did the same when leaving.”Then I get this letter saying I have been in the Tube station car park for almost seven hours. It is not true.”My immediate reaction was one of shock. I never even entered the car park, so why should I pay a fine? Their cameras are wrong.”The picture taken when it was light is supposed to show me going into the car park – why would I be reversing in? It makes no sense. I won’t be paying it and I’ve told them that. They should cancel my ticket.”In a letter from NCP to Mr Chihaia on July 20, the operator said he was being fined for a “failure to make payment upon exit from an ANPR Approved Device controlled car park”.NCP rejected his appeal on August 12, which prompted Mr Chihaia and parking campaigner Derek Dishman to present his case to the Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA) ombudsman service. A driver has been hit with a £100 parking fine, but claims he only performed a three-point turn outside a car park that uses number plate recognition cameras.George Chihaia has been embroiled in a four-month battle to clear his name after being hit with the charge for an apparent seven-hour stay at the NCP car park in Harrow, north London.But the 23-year-old insists he did not even enter the car park and that cameras wrongly captured the registration of his Chevrolet Aveo while he did two separate three-point turns outside the entrance.NCP claims its cameras show the car entering the car park, at Canons Park Tube station, at 5.30pm on July 9 and then exiting at 12.16am the following day. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more