A furious husband has told how a cruel airport slapped his wife with a £100 fine despite being forced to stop for just “45 seconds” during a massive panic attack.
Annie Amos, 68, who is suffering from heart palpitations, pulled into a no parking zone at Bristol Airport to calm down after receiving a worrying message from husband Steve whom she was due to pick up.
Steve, 65, who has cancer and had severe reactions to radiation therapy, told Annie he was brought to the front of the plane to be near the lavatory due to delays caused by Storm Franklin.
The text panicked Annie, leaving her “unfit to drive,” which resulted in her car being caught on cameras, even though she had already paid for parking in two different zones of the airport.
Steve told BristolLive: “She was on her way back to another parking zone when she received a text message from me telling them we had broken up and were just landing.
“I am suffering from side effects from radiation therapy following cancer chemotherapy and my wife is obviously very concerned for my well being.
“She was having a panic attack and stopped to calm herself as she was unable to drive. She stopped for 45 seconds for it.”
Steve – who was on a flight from Newcastle at the time – insists Annie couldn’t see the parking signs because of the terrible weather brought on by Storm Franklin.
But despite clear reasons for the break-in, the couple’s appeal, from South Cheriton in Somerset, was dismissed by Vehicle Control Services Ltd (VCS), which imposed the fine.
Despite the hell Annie has been through, Steve claims he was told by the Independent Appeals Service (IAS) they wouldn’t consider extenuating circumstances.
He also claims he hadn’t heard from the company when he asked if they could explain the appeals process to him.
Steve slammed: “At no point have the Independent Appeals Service (IAS) or VCS confirmed my wife’s panic attack, instead they repeat over and over the big sign mantra that says no parking is prohibited.”
The ordeal has devastated the couple and despite the apparent injustice, he admits taking the company to court is “not an option”.
He said this is because the couple are retired and “not in the best of health” and it just wasn’t worth the fight.
A Bristol Airport spokesman told BristolLive: “VCS has fully investigated the incident and reviewed the CCTV footage.
“Unfortunately, the customer stopped on double red lines and picked up another customer, causing road safety issues for other road users, customers and colleagues.
“Since road safety has been compromised, they cannot help further.”
The airport states that there are locations for vehicles to pick up and drop off passengers, and a free waiting zone offers parking for up to 60 minutes.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8777873/100-airport-parking-fine-panic-attack-bristol/ My wife was fined £100 for parking after she pulled over while having a PANIC ATTACK