Jan 17 2013 by Gary Fanning, Hamilton Advertiser
A great grandmother has been fined for parking in a disabled space outside her home – because her blue badge was displayed the wrong way around.
Mary Jack (77) was shocked when she was issued with a £30 fixed penalty notice for not displaying her disabled badge properly on her vehicle in Station Road, Strathaven.
The parking attendant issued the ticket because the blue badge on Mary’s red Peugeout 307 was placed the wrong way around on the car’s windscreen.
Mary, a former housekeeper with Abbbeyfield Care Home, appealed the parking fine and even took the matter up with the independent adjudicator.
But her pleas have fallen on deaf ears and South Lanarkshire Council are still inisting that she should pay the fine.
Mary, who has lived in Station Road for 12 years, said: “I think it is terrible I was fined for having my disabled badge upside down and not displayed properly.”
Mary, who has intermittent claudication which is more commonly known as bad circulation, has three children, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildrem.
Her daughter Nancy Luke accused the council of being incompassionate and urged them to show commonsense and withdraw the parking fine.
She said: “I contacted the independent adjudicator and he says the council have followed procedure but they could waive the fine.
“My mum’s blue badge was the wrong way around.
“There is a photograph of her on one side clearly showing who the badge is issued to, however the expiry date is on the other side.
“Why can the council, who issue the badge not know when it expires? Why is the necessary information not on both sides of the badge making it as easy as possible for anyone with a disability to display them?
“One of the reasons given for not waiving the fine is that my mother ‘has previous’.
“Several years ago the council let her off with a parking fine in Hamilton when she couldn’t get into a disabled space and had to park nearby.”
Mrs Jack, who has taken up the matter with her MSP Aileen Campbell, lost the appeal and the fine has increased to £60. It will increase by a further 50 per cent to £90 if is not paid within 14 days.
A council spokesman said: “A Penalty Charge Notice was issued to Ms Jack’s vehicle for parking in a Disabled Bay without clearly displaying a Disabled Badge.
“The council made a decision to pursue this case as Ms Jack had previously had another PCN cancelled for the same reason and had been advised that if it happened again the PCN would be pursued.
“Ms Jack appealed her case to the Scottish Parking Appeals Service, an independent body who adjudicated that the PCN had been issued correctly.
“She asked the Scottish Parking Appeals Service to review her case and a adjudicator ruled that the PCN had been issued correctly. The badge has to be displayed correctly to avoid the misuse of disabled badges and disabled person parking spaces.”