Car caught speeding while “parked” in Gatwick car park

West Sussex County Council is investigating yet another complaint against an unapproved Gatwick meet and greet parking company – one of more than five hundred complaints made this summer.

Holidaymaker, Chris Lynch told the BBC of his “emotional stress” after his car, which he thought was parked in a secure car park, was caught speeding while he was on holiday.

Mr Lynch left his meet and greet parking with Blue Star Parking while he holidayed in Greece. However, upon his return he received a letter from Sussex Police saying his car had been caught travelling at 37mph in a 30 zone – although he was out of the country.

Mr Lynch also claims his car clocked up an extra 150 during his holiday.

It is understood that Blue Star Parking ceased trading eight months ago, although Gatwick Blog cannot find any record of such a company.

Councillor David Barling told the BBC: “We have four investigations running separately at the moment in conjunction with Sussex Police and planning authorities. This seems to have been a phenomena since May.”

If you’re looking to book Gatwick meet and greet parking, Trading Standards along with Gatwick Airport, advises holidaymakers to only use firms approved by the airport. A list of which can be found on the Gatwick website, however, to save you the hassle, here’s a full list of all companies that are approved:

2013 Success For Help Me Park

Leading Gatwick meet and greet airport parking operator, Help Me Park has announced their best ever year!

Breaking their own records, up until the end of September, this year Help Me Park has parked more than 30,000 cars.

Offering a unique ‘no waiting, money back’ guarantee, Help Me Park ensure high levels of customer service, boosting that over 93% of customers would recommend the service to their friends, and 90% would use the service again. Whilst the majority of customers rate that quality and service comes above cheap pricing – as the saying goes, ‘pay peanuts, get monkeys’.

What’s more, Help Me Park, who is a Gatwick Approved Operator, which sees just one of few meet and greet operators permitted to operate within the terminal forecourts, offers customers unprecedented car security and ethics, combined with unrivalled service. The Gatwick Approved Operator status is achieved only by holding the coveted ParkMark award for their secure car parking facilities and must have Trading Standard’s Buy with Confidence Accreditation, both of which are only given to bona fide, reputable companies.

Nowadays there is a genuine fear of rogue traders, offering car parking at Gatwick. ‘Cowboys’ who use unauthorised premises or even have no premises at all, parking cars in industrial estates and on the road side, and with drivers who are not insured.

A car is, for most people, is the second most expensive purchase they’ll make after their house. So why take the risk of leaving it in unsafe hands? For instance, the Gatwick customer who trusted her £30,000 Audi in the hands of a rogue trader, hiding under the guise of a reputable meet and greet provider. Upon her return, her Audi was in an accident that saw repairs amounting to £4,000! Worse still, was that the accident was a hit and run, the meet and greet driver didn’t stop, meaning Police traced her and her car with the accident.

Whilst another customer was alerted by Police that his car had been kept on the side of a busy road, not a secure car park he was promised.

The success of this year for Help Me Park has been down to a number of factors – honest pricing with no hidden extras, using only mature, fully insured, experienced drivers with the most secure parking facilities and outstanding service.

This level of service is regularly praised by customers, saying “Such a lovely sight when you’ve just flown for 9 hours”, “Used you at least 3 times this year; great service, always efficient and never waited for my car.” and “Very efficient service, you take the stress out of Departures and Arrivals.”

So, if you’re flying out of Gatwick and need airport parking then check out Help Me Park’s unrivalled meet and greet parking at Gatwick. And here’s a tip – the further in advance of travel you book the better the price will be.