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Gatwick Valet Parking company fined £50,000

Two directors of a Gatwick meet and greet parking company have been fined £15,500 and will have £34,578 of company earnings confiscated after failing to comply with a stop notice.

In 2014, Imran Shahid and Tariq Wasi, directors of Air Parking Ltd, converted a disused plot of land near Gatwick Airport into an 800-space car park, however, they did not obtain planning permission.

Following complaints about their unlicenced car park, Mid Sussex District Council issued a stop notice, however, this was ignored, and in February this year, Shahid and Wasi pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the stop notice.

Sentencing the directors at Worthing Magistrates’ Court last month, the Judge fined each director £3,000 and ordered them to pay the Council’s costs of £9,500. In addition, Air Parking Ltd was fined £100 + £120 victim surcharge, and £34,578 – the company’s earnings after the stop notice was issued – will be confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Air Parking Ltd hit the headlines in August when it was fined £7,000 for misleading customers by claiming customers’ cars were parked securely, when in fact they were parked in insecure fields.

For anyone wishing to use meet and greet parking, always look for the Safer Parking ParkMark award, which identifies companies that have had their car parks inspected and ruled safe. If you’re parking at Gatwick, always use a Gatwick Approved Operator.

2 thoughts on “Gatwick Valet Parking company fined £50,000

  1. Ian mullen

    Please investigate Gatwick Sky parking and first choice parking. They do exactly the same thing. 42 cars were vandalised in a field behind a derelict pub mine being one of them. The story is on BBC South, Surrey and Sussex. A police investigation is ongoing.
    They told me they had obtained a crime Id. Thus was a lie. When I called Sussex police they had no reported crime.
    PC Bryan and Taylor investigating.
    No compensation offered. Do not return calls or answer the phone. Admitted liability at pick up and are now uncontactable.

  2. Paula Garrett Post author

    Hi Ian, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had a nightmare experience. If you haven’t already, I suggest you contact Surrey Trading Standards by calling the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06. If you do consider meet and greet parking in the future, only ever use a Gatwick Approved Operator – these companies all use ParkMark approved car parks and have been investigated and approved by Trading Standards and awarded their Buy With Confidence award. There are only 12 and you can find a list of these companies here: