By Steve Hayes 16/03 Updated: 21/03 12:47
A DISABLED pensioner has slammed a 'disgraceful' parking company after he was given a ticket at the Maybird Shopping Park because one of his wheels edged slightly over hatch-markings.
John Shelley parked in a disabled space for just twenty minutes at the Birmingham Road shopping park, on Wednesday March 7, and was enraged to come back and discover a ticket had been stuck on his Toyota Yaris.
The 83-year-old's disabled badge was on display at the time but one of his wheels had edged slightly over the hatch markings lining the parking bays.
Because the park is on private property the parking is not enforced by council traffic wardens but a private company called G24 Limited.
Mr Shelley, of Saffron Meadow, has twice written to the company, but they have refused to rescind the £50 fine - which will increase to £70 if it isn't paid within two weeks.
"I think it's an absolute disgrace to be honest," Mr Shelley told us.
"I parked in a disabled space and my badge was clearly on show, but just because my wheel was very slightly over the markings on the side of the bay I have been slapped with a ticket.
"Where is the common sense? I'm an 83-year-old man trying to do some shopping. The markings are there for the benefit of the disabled driver anyway to allow them more room to get in and out of the car.
"There was a very big 4x4 next to my car which meant I didn't have a great deal of room to manoeuvre.
"I managed to speak to the parking attendant who was very rude and just wasn't interested when I explained, I was absolutely fuming.
"I have contacted the company but they have refused to withdraw it - with a letter with no contact name or date on it. I'm just disgusted.
"It just puts me off going back if they are going to be so draconian about it. I'd like to warn everyone this is going on."
G24 Limited had not responded to our request for comment by the time we went to press.
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