Furious taxi driver fined £2,700 for smashing airport ticket machine with a torch

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Atif Amin became enraged after he was told he must pay a £4 charge for using the drop-off, pick-up facility. The taxi driver was adamant that his disability parking badge allowed him free entry into the NCP car park.

After being told that he must pay the charge, Amin smashed the display screen of the payment machine with a torch, causing £2,700 worth of damage.

Procurator fiscal depute Amber Feeney told Paisley Sheriff Court the incident took place at the NCP car park within Glasgow Airport around 5.20am on January 4 last year.

Ms Feeney explained: “Witnesses were working in the NCP Main Office when the accused’s car approached the drop-off and pick-up point and pressed the intercom button.

“He was informed he had to pay £4 to use the drop-off, pick-up area.

On sentencing, Sheriff Eoin McGinty said: “This was a very expensive car park for you as you now have a compensation order of £2700 to pay.”

Sheriff McGinty ordered Amin, of Muirhouse Park in Edinburgh, to pay £2700 compensation at the rate of £120 per month.


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