Well, I was out today shopping at our local outlet centre. Parked up in an area that previously had been a shared parent toddler space. which has now been rebranded as a disabled bay.
I parked in it, knowing full well and having been advised these were "joint spaces" for use by disabled individuals and also Parents and Children.
Came back to find a £100 notice slapped on the car courtesy of UKPC. (kindly reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days).
I found myself writing a rather long and detailed email about this and send it to the parking authority, and I am pretty sure they would reject it. I have also emailed over a copy of the appeal to the outlet centre asking them to review and if they agree with any points, support the appeal.
What a ridiculous fine! If nothing else, I suppose the best case scenario is it gets wiped out, and I get to rant about the appalling circumstances. Worst case scenario, it gives me an opportunity to save up for the ticket out of this and next months pay checks!
I dismayed the ticket under the following reasons:
1) The ticket printer was faulty, as such the ticket was not printed correctly leaving a blank space straight down the middle of the printed text. If I read the text and ignored the place were it was bank, it would have said "parking in a disabled persons space, but clearly displaying a valid disabled persons badge" this really means less than the reason for the parking there.j
2) The disabled bay was not clear, and there were blacked out lines all over the place which caused confusion, especially as advice from them suggested they were shared use, and
3) A member of staff (name not caught) confirmed that the disabled bays where joint use for both parent and toddler and disabled.
4) Other vehicles were parked there and the same scenario (parent in a disabled bay) and what appeared to be someone walking around in a blue vis jacket just leaving them to it! WTF should I be victimised!!!
Anyway, lets see what comes out of this.