‘Unjust’: Disabled pensioner hit with fine for parking on yellow line on bank holiday

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A son has spoken of his anger at his disabled mother being given a hefty parking fine just after Christmas when she parked on a yellow line in Orpington, Kent just five minutes before restrictions were due to end.

James Earp’s care-worked mother stopped on the yellow line near Orpington station on Monday December 27 while she visited her daughter.

He said she parked on the restricted spot to enable her to get out of the car more easily due to a health condition.

But as she parked at 11.54am and restrictions ended at 12pm she was slapped with a fine by nearby parking officials.

The woman in her late 60s suffers from osteoarthritis which causes stiffening of the joints.

Mr Earp said: “My mum turned up at a quarter to 12, she parked her car and it’s a really steep driveway and really slippery in the wet.

“So she parked along the flat, and as you can see from the picture, there is no blockage whatsoever. And it’s a Bank Holiday Monday so there’s no reason to feel like you’re in contravention of anything.

“There is a restriction that normally applies between 11am and 12pm and that is to stop people parking their cars there and getting on a train to Orpington and leaving their cars there all day.

“But on the 27th and a Bank Holiday, nobody is going to work so there is no need to enforce anything.”

Single yellow line parking is permitted in the UK on bank holidays except where restrictions would usually apply on a Sunday and Mr Earp said his mother had no reason to think she would be at risk.

“She was so upset and she couldn’t believe it,” he said.

“She hasn’t got a lot of money so £65 is a lot of money and it really soured the mood of the day.

“She’s elderly and these things affect you more.”

APCOA, the firm contracted to manage parking issues in the borough of Bromley encouraged the family to appeal the ticket through usual channels.

A spokesperson said: “We enforce the parking policy set by our client, but if anyone has been issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) that they believe is unjustified, we strongly encourage them to follow the appeals process detailed on the PCN so we can review their individual circumstances.”

Mr Earp said: “She’s just an unbelievably caring and giving woman. She’s really, really one of the good ones. There’s not a bad bone in her body. It just seems very unjust.”

Express.co.uk reached out to Bromley council for any comment on the fine.

Earlier this year it was revealed that the cost of private and council issued parking fines has skyrocketed over the past five years.

In total, UK councils make £45million per year from parking contraventions from a huge 1.3 million fines dished out.

Research by Rivervale leasing has shown that UK councils collect £5,083 every single hour from parking offence penalty charge notices (PCN).

Islington Council alone makes almost £30,000 per day from an average of 623 parking tickets per day.

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