Driver’s anger at ‘blue badge fine’

Parking Dispute: Neil Eyre and his eighty-six year old mother Edna received a parking ticket at the Baker Street car park in Ilkeston despite clearly displaying a blue badge in the front of his vehicle.
Parking Dispute: Neil Eyre and his eighty-six year old mother Edna received a parking ticket at the Baker Street car park in Ilkeston despite clearly displaying a blue badge in the front of his vehicle.

A DRIVER has blasted Ilkeston’s parking wardens after he received a fine, despite claiming he had clearly displayed a blue badge in his windscreen.

Wardens from Park Smarter – who patrol Erewash Borough Council car parks – photographed Neil Eyre’s Land Rover in the Baker Street car park behind the Albion Centre, where blue badge holders park free, and slapped him with a £75 fine.

He had been taking his 86-year-old mother Edna shopping, who is registered disabled and carries the blue badge, which he says was clearly displayed in the window but was not visible in any of the wardens’s photographs.

Mr Eyre, of Awsworth, said: “It was right there on the dashboard in full view.

“They’ve angled the photo so you can’t see it.”

Mr Eyre has already lost two appeals against his fine but has vowed to continue his fight.

Head of environment at the council Nick Thurstan said: “A Penalty Charge Notice was issued on October 4 in a council car park, behind the Albion Leisure Centre, Ilkeston. Evidence shows that the recipient had not displayed his blue disabled badge in a prominent position.

Blue badges must be clearly and properly displayed whilst the vehicle is parked.”