I went to get pills from the pharmacy and got a £70 parking fine – totally unfair

A PENSIONER has blasted the council after being slapped with a £70 parking fine as he went to the pharmacy to pick up his prescription.

Reg Davies, 79, parked his car at the end of a road opposite his pharmacy in Leek, Staffordshire and found he was given a parking fine on his return.

A pensioner was furious after the council handed him a parking fine while collecting his tablets

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A pensioner was furious after the council handed him a parking fine while collecting his tabletsCredit: BPM

He said the £70 fine, £35 if paid within 14 days, was “completely unfair” because there was no sign of it loading dock and he didn’t block anyone.

However, the council says the fine was imposed because his vehicle was parked where loading or unloading was prohibited.

Mr Davies tells StokeonTrentLive: “I was parked at the end of Russell Street in Leek on the right-hand side. My disability card and documents were clearly visible.”

He says he takes seven pills a day and that it was urgent to go to the pharmacy. Since he can’t walk very far, he found it ideal to park at the top of the street.

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“I think this is just one way for the Council to make more money from disabled people,” added Mr Davies.

“I’ve been treated harshly by Staffordshire County Council. It’s totally unfair to people when they try to do the right thing.”

He wrote a letter to the County Council Compliance Officer asking for a thorough review of his fine notice.

Mr Davies said: “This fine is unfair, unjust and leaves me unrepentant to say the least.

“Your letter states that my car was parked where loading and unloading was prohibited at the time. I didn’t do either.

“If I had parked on the side of the road where the sign is, I would have blocked all traffic. However, I was parked on the opposite side and didn’t block anyone or anything.”

In response, the County Council’s Compliance Officer has sent a letter saying Mr Davies had parked his car during restricted hours, which earned him the parking fine.

“The fine notice was issued because your vehicle was parked where loading or unloading was prohibited,” the letter said.

“These restrictions are enforced for safety reasons when parked vehicles could be dangerous, block the view of other road users or cause an obstruction.

“During the closure times, a vehicle may not wait, not even for the purpose of loading or unloading, regardless of the duration or the presence of a disability card.”

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