Disabled bloke wins fight over ‘ridiculous’ fine for parking in blue badge space

A man spent over two years fighting a fine for parking in a disabled space despite flashing his blue badge.

Garry White left his car for under two minutes to read the parking terms on a sign when he returned to find a private parking enforcement officer writing him up a ticket.

He says he showed the officer his disabled blue badge, given to him due to his spinal stenosis which makes walking difficult, but was ignored and instead left with a ticket.

The 53-year-old has finally won his case against the fine for the incident at Midland Way Retail Park in Radford, Nottinghamshire, and has been awarded £1,000 in damages.

Garry, from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, told NottinghamshireLive: "Basically I drove in and when I drove in I wasn't aware there was an entrance sign and that said 'private land' but obviously you can't stop as you're driving so I carried on driving and parked up.

"So I walked up to the sign, I'm disabled so I was a bit slow and methodical, and I walked over to the sign to read it, looked back and there was a guy ticketing my car.

"On a video from my dashcam you can see it was 83 seconds between me leaving my car and them ticketing me.

"So I went back to the car with my blue badge in my hand – if you go to some places like Asda, if you just show them your badge they leave you alone.

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"So I'm showing him my badge and he says that I would be going to CCJ [County Court Judgement] if I didn't pay it.

"Basically I just thought this is nonsense, got in my car and drove off.

"It was about a week later I got a letter through the post – this was in February 2018 and basically it just rumbled on from there.

"I've got my badge, I sent them a copy of it and they just wrote back saying 'appeal rejected. We know you have a badge but you should have displayed it.

"The court case had to be delayed because I've had issues with my spine and I had to have a hip replacement."

The initial fine of £60 eventually reached more than £200 by the time Garry found himself in court.

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A judge at Derby Combined Court Centre eventually dismissed the claims made by the private parking company, Vehicle Control Services, when Garry showed dash-cam footage of the incident.

Following months of delays the matter was finally resolved in the county court, where Garry was awarded £1,000 in costs and damages.

He said: "It took the judge less than ten minutes to dismiss the claim. It went on for two-and-a-half years, it was just ridiculous."

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