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Parking fine ‘mean’ says upset Bradford pensioner
9:00am Monday 15th October 2012 in News
Pensioner Joan Smith has accused over-zealous traffic wardens of “putting the kibosh” on her bid to stay active after giving her a ticket for parking at an out-of-use bus stop.
Mrs Smith had been to a photography class at Bradford College’s Trident Building in Little Horton when she discovered the £70 penalty notice stuck on her windscreen – despite her displaying her disabled parking badge.
She had parked her Vauxhall Astra at the disused stop in Park Lane on double yellow lines because there was nowhere else to go, as the four disabled parking bays at the college were full.
Mrs Smith said: “It just seems mean to me. There wasn’t anywhere else for me to park and I’ve got heart problems and I can’t walk far at all. I saw a sign stuck over the bus stop post clearly saying ‘bus stop not in use’ so I believed I was perfectly entitled to leave the car there. It’s a wide road and I wasn’t causing a nuisance to anyone.”
Disabled parking badge holders can park legally on double yellow lines for up to three hours as long as they do not cause any obstructions.
Although the guidelines say badge holders must not park at bus stops or a bus stop clearway, the rule only applies when the stops are operational.
Mrs Smith, of Glendale Drive, Wibsey, said: “There were no hours of operation going on at the time because the sign was up saying ‘bus stop not in use’. That makes it obvious I was in the right. I try to be a decent citizen and would not dream of doing anything that was wrong. I would not have done it if I thought I was going to put anyone at risk or break the law.
“My course is only for ten weeks and this was just the third one. If I can’t get a disabled space and can’t park anywhere nearby, I just won’t be able to go anymore. I like to get out and about because it helps keeps me stay active, but someone doing something as mean as this really puts the kibosh on it all.”
Bradford Council parking services co-ordinator Paul Ratcliffe said: “We cannot comment on individual cases, but if anyone feels they have wrongly received a parking ticket they should contact us directly and we will consider the case.”