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I was hit with a £60 parking fine for a ticket while I was breastfeeding… the parking lot says it’s not an excuse

The first time she was fined £60 while in hospital giving birth.

Molly Smith, 24, was stunned to see the fine posted on her motorcycle parked in front of the maternity ward of the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

Molly Smith's mother was punished for the first time while giving birth

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Molly Smith’s mother was punished for the first time while giving birthSource: Hyde News & Pictures

But parking bosses said her fiance, Lewis Grey, 25, left their car in an invalid space as he rushed his partner into the area.

The couple insisted they had “no choice” as only four were selected, and the main car park was a five-minute walk away.

Molly, who gave birth just 30 minutes after their arrival, insisted: “There’s no way I could walk from the main car park.

“Evie’s head was down and out. I basically gave birth in the car.

“As we entered the maternity ward, I clung to the wall while Lewis carried our bags.

“He was opening the door and trying to find a nurse to get a wheelchair.

“There’s no way I can walk. It’s like when you go skating but you’re not very good so you have to hold on to the side to get up.”

The parking lot inspector checked her car 12 minutes after Evie was born – and Lewis saw it when he moved the car just 10 minutes after it was delivered.

Officials at the parking company APCOA dismissed her appeal last week and did not offer congratulations on Evie’s birth, saying they should have read the terms and conditions.

They added that it was her responsibility to find valid alternative parking off-site if all spaces, designed for workers, were full.

Molly, who was in agony at the time, accepted the car was not parked in a valid place but insisted they were under special circumstances.

They parked the car in suitable spaces when they visited the hospital because of Molly’s mild contractions in the early hours of that day when she was able to walk.

The manager, at her family’s Aborfield Tree Care, added that they would park normally if there was space.

We have no choice. There’s no way I can walk from the main parking lot.

Molly Smith

She arrived at the maternity ward with Lewis at 10:30 a.m., gave birth at 11:02 a.m., and was issued a ticket at 11.14 a.m.

She said: “Our labor was very quick, and because it was our first child we didn’t know what we were going to do. We had to get to the car right outside.”

Royal Berkshire Hospital asked them to come immediately after hearing her screams for contractions when Lewis phoned them.

Molly said Evie was on her way when she was in her apartment in Aborfield Green and they drove 17 minutes with no ambulance option.

Tree surgeon Lewis found a nurse to bring Molly a wheelchair and she was told to undress as soon as she got into bed because she was in labor.


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Evie was born healthy and “perfect” at 8lbs 6oz on January 24.

When Lewis came back and tell them about the fineThe midwives agreed that was unfair.

Molly added: “Receiving the fine is frustrating. Nothing can overshadow the happiness we had when we welcomed our baby but I always thought I needed to pay or dispute.

“I appealed the ticket in the hope that they would be merciful and cancel the fine. We were shocked when they denied the request.

“I can imagine people talking all sorts of ways to get paid, but it’s selfish to think that having a baby isn’t a good reason to cancel a fine.”

An APCOA spokesman confirmed the company would change its mind and cancel tickets after The Sun questioned them.

Molly calls parking company APCOA selfish for not accepting Evie's birth as an exemption

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Molly calls parking company APCOA selfish for not accepting Evie’s birth as an exemptionSource: Hyde News & Pictures

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