Hope for disabled drivers caught out by parking ban

Darren Clifford.
Darren Clifford.
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Motorists who were controversially forced to pay fines for parking illegally in a disabled bay have been given a light at the end of the tunnel.

A Morecambe-based county councillor has opened talks in an effort to have their tickets cancelled.

Controversy erupted when more than 70 drivers who had disabled badges were slapped with fines by a traffic warden for parking as normal in bays outside Morecambe post office.

Free parking had been suspended for a week due to planned road works by BT. But the work was not carried out at the scheduled time and motorists complained warning signs were unclear and badly positoned.

County Councillor Darren Clifford, who lives in Morecambe, is campaigning to get the fines waived.

In a letter to his colleague County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport on Lancashire County Council, Mr Clifford wrote: “We now have a number of elderly and disabled residents who have been fined for parking in disabled bays that we had no need to put a restriction order on in the first place.

“It seems illogical and rather mean to be honest to be charging these vulnerable residents when we could have quite easily done the common sense thing and cancelled any fines.”