OAP fined for stopping his car to ask directions

Derek Sculthorpe with the PCN he received after briefly stopping to ask for directions on a restricted road near Doncaster Airport
Derek Sculthorpe with the PCN he received after briefly stopping to ask for directions on a restricted road near Doncaster Airport

A furious Doncaster pensioner was hit with a £60 fine – for stopping in his car for 23 seconds to ask for directions.

Derek Sculthorpe, a 77-year-old, says he feels he is being bullied after he was snapped by men in a van working for Vehicle Control Services near Robin Hood Airport.

Derek Sculthorpe with the PCN he received after briefly stopping to ask for directions on a restricted road near Doncaster Airport

Derek Sculthorpe with the PCN he received after briefly stopping to ask for directions on a restricted road near Doncaster Airport

The retired accountant said he had stopped for just a few moments to ask a pedestrian how to get to the Vulcan Experience when he was snapped. He was later sent a fine, complete with pictures, which showed him asking for directions on the road for a 23-second period.

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Mr Sculthorpe, of Ennis Crescent, Intake, had dropped his brother off at the airport for a flight and decided to try to find the Vulcan ahead of a planned visit.

He said: “I stopped at the side of the road and asked a man who worked at one of the industrial units nearby. He pointed and said, ‘It’s over there.’

The PCN received by Derek Sculthorpe after briefly stopping to ask for directions on a restricted road near Doncaster Airport. Timings on the photos show how brief he was

The PCN received by Derek Sculthorpe after briefly stopping to ask for directions on a restricted road near Doncaster Airport. Timings on the photos show how brief he was

“I saw a van pull up behind me and then pull out again. I wasn’t even there a minute. I just stopped, opened a window and asked this chap.

“These people did not know what was going on. Surely they should have the sense to get out and go and speak to people. Someone could have broken down, or had a heart attack.

“I was not parking – I was just stopping. This feels like bullying. I’m really angry.”

He appealed against the fine but it was rejected, and the fine increased to £100.

CCTV footage confirmed his vehicle was stationary throughout the time it was observed.

A spokesman for Vehicle Control Services Ltd said Mr Sculthorpe was fined as his vehicle was observed on a prohibited ‘no stopping,’ private roadway in the vicinity of the airport.

He said Mr Sculthorpe had been fined on the road before and would have been fully aware of the situation.

He said: “The roadways in the surrounding areas of Robin Hood Airport represent private land.

“Motorists are allowed to enter provided they agree to the conditions advertised on numerous signs at the entrance to, and throughout, the private roadways.”

A spokesman for Robin Hood Airport said Vehicle Control Services are employed due to unsafe parking by some motorists, which had caused risks to safety.

He said: “Signage is prevalent all around the airport warning people not to stop, unfortunately we do hear lots of stories of people who do stop, even for a short period, and are then shocked when they receive a fine.

“We want to ensure that anyone travelling to and from the airport does so without incident and would urge people to heed the signs and find an alternative, safe place to stop, should they need to.”