multi-storey-car-park-1271919_960_720.jpgThe Supreme Court has passed judgement in a case concerning the legality of an £85 ticket for breaking a two hour parking limit. In the case of Beavis -v- ParkingEye, the Supreme Court ruled that the charge did not amount to a penalty. Although ParkingEye did not incur any loss from the overstay, it was held that the fine was valid because it permits control to the parking area in the public interest. The Supreme Court held that the mechanism was therefore fair and it was simply up to motorists to take sufficient care if they wanted to avoid penalties. The lesson seems to be that the motorist has a free choice and that he can "take it or leave it".