Man Fined For Upside-Down Parking Badge
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 12, 2004
That's how 88-year-old Ronald Price describes his feelings after receiving a £30 ($57 US) fine for parking in a designated accessible parking zone outside a hospital -- even though he had displayed his blue parking badge.
"We thought we were doing right," Price told the BBC.
"I've been doing this for five years and this is the first time there has been any upset," said the pensioner who has used a walking stick since his stroke. "I feel disgusted."
The Nottingham City Council said Price was fined because his parking badge was displayed upside-down, and the expiration date was not visible. Price's family is appealing the decision.
"It's causing a lot of hassle for disabled people," said Price's son-in-law John Baldock. "A lot of disabled people aren't just disabled as in they can't walk properly, but, they may have all sorts of problems they can't cope with or that are affecting their life."
"It is just hassle they can do without. A lot of people can't be bothered to write in and say this is the situation and they will cut their losses and pay the fine and be done with it."