'Discrimination' claim in town car park row
THE family of a disabled man claims that parking rules in Teignbridge car parks are 'clear discrimination against the disabled community'.
The Webb family were shocked to find a parking fine slapped on their windscreen at the Halcyon Road town centre car park in Newton Abbot, despite wheelchair-bound Jonathan's blue disabled badge.
Now they are fighting the fine and calling for a change in the rules.
But Teignbridge Council says there are clear signs saying there are charges for disabled spaces in car parks.
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Lisa Julyan-Webb said: "I think it's absolutely disgusting. It's a clear case of discrimination. We are appealing against the parking ticket.
"My husband Jason and myself were caring for his brother, Jonathan, who is registered disabled and normally lives in Cornwall but came to stay with us for a while after a bad fall.
"We decided to go into Newton Abbot town to do some shopping and we parked the car in Halcyon Road car park, where we clearly displayed Jonathan's disabled badge. Upon our return we were confused to see a Penalty Charge Notice on our vehicle.
"My husband then checked the sign and to his surprise it said 'must display a Teignbridge exemption certificate'. Jonathan's badge is issued by Cornwall County Council.
"Is Teignbridge the only council that does this?"
But Teignbridge spokesman Tim Borrett said: "There are signs both at the entrance of the car park and on all pay and display machines there. Different rules apply in every district around the country.
"We work hard to provide fair and equal services to all, and when we first introduced parking charges for disabled spaces some years ago we consulted widely with disabled people and disability groups."
He said the council was always happy to consider an appeal of a Penalty Charge Notice, but he said it is the responsibility of motorists to make sure they read the signs when they park.