A top football coach has fallen foul of a rouge parking company with hundreds of complaints against their name. Airport meet and greet firm 'Airport Central Parking' met Scott Baines at Heathrow and pledged to look after his white BMW when he travelled to Finland for work, but was dismayed to find out they had breached the terms of their contract. Baines flew to Finland in February, and when he arrived back home he found a £165 parking fine waiting for him for parking in a London bus lane during the school run. Scott was confused and called the issuers of the parking fine to explain that they must have made a mistake, because he wasn't in the UK at the time, only to find that there was photographic evidence of his car parked up and driving away with a mystery man inside.
Scott, of Market Harborough in Leicestershire, has spoken to the Daily Mail to talk about how he found out about the company's misuse: "I thought, ‘that can’t be me, from a London borough council. I left it in the office and thought actually, this is a legit one. I rang them up and said I was away, then it clicked - I was away and somebody was using my vehicle. They sent me the photos and she (council worker) watched it on the video and a gentleman gets out the car to pick up his kids. I was absolutely horrified. It wasn’t the fact he used my car, it’s the fact children were in my car with no insurance. The adult can do what he wants, he’s responsible – but he’s got children himself. It’s a big shock. I rang them up and they said, "no we don’t let our drivers do that". I said I have photos."
He was forced to send Airport Central Parking the photos as evidence, because the company denied his concerns, and finally they admitted that the incident had occurred and offered to pay the fine but gave no apology: "I said, "you aren’t getting away with it that easily, what about an apology? They said, "we are really sorry", but I said I want to speak to the person who used it directly to see why. I travel monthly and friends have joked in the past: "are they going to use it as a taxi?" This is caught-on-camera, set in stone. That could have been the only day he got caught, he could have been using it all week. People should check their mileage and be aware." The company have not responded to requests for comment from major news outlets.