Disabled driver’s call for leniency over fine

Disabled Helen Turner was slapped with a �100 fine for breaking strict parking rules. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN) SG060913-118NG
Disabled Helen Turner was slapped with a �100 fine for breaking strict parking rules. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN) SG060913-118NG

A disabled driver from Spalding is calling for leniency over the strict parking enforcement at a Boston store – after being stung with a £100 fine in the post.

Helen Turner, who suffers with a rare muscle-wasting illness, was 24 minutes over the allocated 90 minutes given to customers using the car park at B&M Bargains in Lawrence Lane.

She parked there and shopped in the store on August 10, unaware of the strict parking policy.

“I feel as though I am being penalised because I can’t shop quickly,” she said.

“I wonder how many other people have been caught out by this.

“It takes me an awful long time to get around as I get so worn out and I have to go back to the car for a rest.”

She added: “I only shopped in that store, I didn’t go anywhere else, but I won’t be going there ever again.”

Hubberts Bridge couple Richard and Joan Ladds were also stung with a fine in the post after parking there and shopping in the store and Market Place on August 21.

They parked there for 179 minutes, but were under the impression they had three hours as blue badge holders.

The private car park, once owned and run by Boston Borough Council, now belongs to Tesco Holdings and is managed by G24 Ltd.

B&M Bargains rents it.

“I think it’s disgusting,” said Mr Ladds. “I’ll not shop in Boston any more.”

A sign at the car park’s entrance states it is private and charges apply.

Cameras clock the times of drivers as they enter and exit the car park.

Other signs state ‘customers parking only’, ‘90 minutes free parking’ and details about the £100 parking charge.

G24 Ltd suggested drivers wanting to appeal a parking fine should write to their complaints department, where they will ‘review every case individually and respond in writing to the driver’.