Disabled drive told to pay up

PUBLISHED: 12:11 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 20:19 03 May 2010

PARKING staff have refused to back down after issuing a penalty notice for an out-of-date blue badge owned by a disabled woman diagnosed with leukaemia. The ticket was put on Valerie Lyons' car when she drove her disabled mother Pat Jackson to St Albans j

PARKING staff have refused to back down after issuing a penalty notice for an out-of-date blue badge owned by a disabled woman diagnosed with leukaemia. The ticket was put on Valerie Lyons' car when she drove her disabled mother Pat Jackson to St Albans just before Christmas. Valerie had parked on a single yellow line in Waddington Road and had been careful not to cause an obstruction. But when they returned to find a ticket on the car because her mother's blue disabled badge had expired in October. Valerie said her father, who had been her mother's carer, had died suddenly in the autumn and her mother had been diagnosed with leukaemia shortly afterwards. In the middle of all that she had not realised the badge had expired because no reminder was sent out. Valerie wrote a letter to St Albans District Council's parking shop to explain the extenuating circumstances but got a response saying it was her responsibility as the driver to ensure the disabled badge was up to date - even though it is her mother's badge. The fine has now been paid but Valerie is still very angry at the way her mother has been treated. She said this week: "This unfortunate incident worried my mother throughout the Christmas period and we are all disgusted. "Why don't they send out reminders when these badges expire? My dentist rings me up with a reminder so why don't they do it with something as important as a disabled badge?" A spokesperson for the district council said that because of the considerable parking concessions available to blue badge holders, they had to ensure that they were being used correctly.

More news stories

27 minutes ago

Unseen work by a successful artist has been discovered and published by her son after her passing.

A St Albans man is hoping to raise over £200 for charity through a Christmas lights display.

09:00

A thief from St Albans who used multiple aliases was given a suspended sentence for stealing from and damaging cars.

Yesterday, 15:51

A London Colney primary school went the extra mile for its nativity play by including a real donkey and baby.

CountryPhile

I should probably have taken the hint! Walking out into the garden recently an unprecedented flock of thirty or more crows raucously greeted me from the treetops at the bottom of my garden. Cawing and croaking these big, black birds clung clumsily to the top most branches and twigs, jostling and flapping to stay balanced in a constant flurry of feathers. There is always something ominous about crows – they are after all carrion crows, the vultures of the bird world – always watching for scraps and weakness that might mean their next meal.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition
Zoo Watch CountryPhile

Newsletter Sign Up

Herts Advertiser weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read stories

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Herts Most Wanted Herts Business Awards