Council fines dad because shadow of his car was in disabled spot

A crazed council has left a dad fuming after he was allegedly hit with a £65 parking ticket because his car's shadow was in a disabled spot.

Matthew Cole, a self-employed gardener from London, said he was "gobsmacked" when he opened a letter from Lewisham council earlier this month alleging he had parked illegally.

The fixed penalty was said to relate to an offence committed when he left his vehicle outside Blackheath Post Office in March, reports MyLondon.

But photographs sent to him by the local authority show his silver Ford estate car parked in an unmarked bay situated next to the signposted blue badge spot.

Only the shadow of his vehicle appears to be in the restricted disabled bay.

Raging against the fine, Mr Cole told MyLondon: “It’s absurd. There’s no signage where I parked and the photos they sent me only show the shadow of my car in the disabled spot.

"I was taking my daughter to a football match on the heath and had parked there before without problem. Having not got a ticket at the other times, I personally don’t think I should have got a ticket this time."

He described the council's decision to send a letter as "completely wrong", as "they’re enforcing something that’s not there".

"I think £65 is not a lot to many people today but the principle is wrong. If you don’t pay the fine in a certain time it doubles to £130 which is a lot", he added.

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He remains determined not to pay the fine after having his first appeal turned down, having responded to the council by saying there was no disabled parking sign next to his bay.

A Lewisham Council spokesperson said: “We issued a Penalty Charge Notice [PCN] to Mr Cole on 26 March for parking in a disabled bay, which was marked with a ‘Disabled badge holders only’ sign. "

"Mr Cole’s initial challenge of this PCN was rejected as he didn’t give a reason for challenging it. He has since outlined reasons for challenging the fine, which we are looking into in line with legal processes.

"We will be letting Mr Cole know the outcome in due course."

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