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Shell issues £60 penalty after woman stops to breastfeed baby

Guardian Money reported in 2019 on how both BP and Shell were quietly signing up parking firms to install CCTV cameras at the entrances and exits to petrol stations, which are then used to enforce a maximum stay limit. At the time, we found that it could be as little as 20 minutes at some Shell stations – although your letter suggests it is now just 15.

Miles Brignall: Mon 12 Jul 2021 07.00 BST

I have been sent a £60 parking penalty for spending more than 15 minutes in a Shell petrol station while I breastfed my 12-week-old baby.

After using the facilities and buying some food for my daughter, I needed to feed my son. Babies need to be fed regularly, and guidance suggests that they should not stay in their car seats for more than two hours at a time. So I took him out and fed him in the driver’s seat.

Unfortunately, it seems that all of this took 29 minutes. The fine notice I have been sent states we stayed longer than the maximum permitted 15 minutes.

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