Edward Farrugia, who posed as a Parker in a public space in Valletta, was this morning handed a 6-month effective prison sentence and fined €2,000 after ignoring court orders to stay away from the parking area.
He was arrested today week in the parking area at Hastings, offering car wash services. He had been remanded in custody since.
Transport Malta officials had repeatedly asked Mr Farrugia, who is not a Parker and does not hold a Transport Malta tag, to leave the area. The Authority had opened two court cases against him yet he returned, harassing more drivers.
Transport Malta collected further evidence and instituted yet another court case. On 5th January Magistrate Joe Mifsud fined him €500, the maximum allowed by law, and forbade him from accessing the area.
Yet barely two weeks later he was arrested again. Appearing again in front of Magistrate Mifsud, he was condemned 6 months behind bars and fined €2,000 for ignoring court orders.
Drivers can park for free in public parking spaces, parkers must be licensed and hold a Transport Malta tag and tipping is totally voluntary. Kindly report any abuse on freephone 80072393.