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I was fined £65 for ‘parking’ in a disabled space

A DAD was furious after being handed a £65 parking ticket after his car’s SHADOW fell into a disabled bay.

Matthew Cole was slapped with the fine after leaving his car in Lewisham on a sunny day – and was stunned to receive the fine.

Matthew was fined £65 by council for the shadow of his car being in a disabled location

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Matthew was fined £65 by council for the shadow of his car being in a disabled location
The driver was given the notice despite being parked in an assigned parking bay

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The driver was given the notice despite being parked in an assigned parking bay

The father explained that he parked his Ford station wagon outside Blackheath Post Office in an unmarked bay while taking his daughter to a football match.

But in the sunshine, the front of his car seemed to have cast a shadow that spilled into the nearest bay – which was a handicapped space.

The wheels of Matthew’s car can be seen outside of the white markings, according to a picture the parking garage sent him.

The gardener was shocked when, weeks later, he opened a letter that said he had illegally parked in the disabled space.

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He tried to appeal the £65 fine – but his first appeal was rejected.

Matthew tells MyLondon: “It’s absurd. There is no signage as to where I parked and the photos they sent me only show the shadow of my car in the handicap space.

“I drove with my daughter to a football game in the Heide and had previously parked there without any problems.

“Since I didn’t get a ticket the other times, I personally don’t think I should have gotten a ticket this time.

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“That’s completely wrong. You’re forcing something that isn’t there. I think £65 isn’t much for a lot of people today, but the principle is wrong.

“If you don’t pay the fine within a certain time, it doubles to £130, which is a lot.”

Matthew said there was no disabled parking sign next to the bay where he was parked.

Lewisham Council dismissed his complaint, maintaining his claim that he had parked in a space reserved for disabled card holders.

But the father said he was determined not to pay the fine – and has now filed a second complaint against the fine.

He said: “They emailed me to dispute it and I disputed it, but they just seemed to ignore what I said and said it was correctly issued.

“They’re so hard to get. I think it is done to force you to pay.

“I’ve parked in the same spot at least three more times for five to eight hours each time and had no problem. I don’t understand why it was a problem this time.”

A Lewisham Council spokesman said: “We have issued a criminal complaint [PCN] to Mr Cole on March 26 for parking in a disabled space marked with a sign saying ‘Disabled Card Holders Only’.

“Mr Cole’s initial challenge to this PCN was denied as he gave no reason for the challenge.

“He has since set out reasons to contest the fine, which we are considering in accordance with legal process.

“We will inform Mr. Cole of the result in due course.”

Matthew says he's parked in the spot before with no problems

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Matthew says he’s parked in the spot before with no problems

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