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Disabled pensioner slapped with £70 parking fine

Reg Davies holding his parking fine
Reg Davies holding his parking fine Image credit: mirror.co.uk

An elderly driver was fuming after he returned to his car after collecting a prescription to find a £70 parking fine slapped on the windscreen.

Reg Davies left his car across the road from the chemist in Leek, Staffordshire just for a few minutes to collect some medication, but when he returned the 79-year-old was faced with a penalty.

The furious pensioner told Mirror Online:  “I was parked on the top of Russell Street in Leek on the right hand side.

"My disabled badge and documents were clearly visible. There were no signs this was a loading bay and I was not blocking anyone.

“I take seven tablets a day and it was urgent to get to the chemists. I can’t walk very far and it is ideal to park in Russell Street at the top end.

"I feel this is just a way by the council to make more money from disabled people.

"I have been hard done to, by Staffordshire County Council. It is totally unfair on people when you are trying to do the right thing.”

Mr Davis wrote to Staffordshire County Council saying: “This penalty charge is unfair, unjust and leaves me impenitent to say the least.

“Your letter states that my car was parked where loading or unloading was prohibited at the time. I was doing neither.

“If I had parked on the side of the road where the notice is, then yes, I would have blocked all traffic.

"I was, however, parked on the opposite side blocking nothing and nobody.

“I would like to take a close look at this notice, a copy which you kindly sent to me. It states ‘restricted parking zone no loading’.

"Since that part of Russell is flanked on one side by the gable end of Halifax Building Society, and the other end by a church, one cannot envisage any loading activities taking place.”

A reply addressed to Davis from the country council’s compliance officer said: “The Penalty Charge Notice was issued because your vehicle was parked where loading or unloading was prohibited.

"These restrictions are enforced for safety reasons where parked vehicles could be dangerous, block lines of sight for other road users, or cause an obstruction.

“During restricted hours, a vehicle is not permitted to wait, even for the purpose of loading or unloading, regardless of the length of time involved or if a disabled badge is displayed.”

The world’s most expansive parking penalty was handed to a Swedish driver who was fined $1,000,000