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Personally, I would not pay the fines. If they attempt to pursue you for payment then you can ask them to provide you with a copy of the telephone conversations you had where you were told that you did not have to pay. Ultimately, this is a contractual issue. You have acted reasonably by contacting CPM in relation to the permits. They told you that you did not need one as they will be sent out therefore you have acted accordingly with the advice the have given you so you cannot be found liable for the fines. It is possible that thy will try and pursue you for the fines however, as I stated I would demand to have a recording of the phone conversations so that you can prove your case. As they have now sent you a permit then it was also reasonable for you to assume that you could use the space in the interim period. In the unlikely circumstance that they take you to court for the fees then your case would be that 1. you were told that you didn't need to worry as your permit had been issued and 2. They were always intending to issue with a permit which they have now therefore it would be unreasonable for them to attempt to enforce payment of a fine which you are not liable for. And finally, they failed to issue your permit in reasonable fine causing you to incur the fine and therefore you should not be liable for any such fines.
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Again, given that the permit was issued prior to you receiving the first fine I would say you should stand your ground on the matter. They Can't fine you when they are aware that a permit has been issued, if they say it wasn't displayed then this is because it was returned. Your hands were tied.