This is a fine example of the unthinking jobsworth attitude that contaminates local councils (and indeed central government).
Penny Batkin was driving Freddie, her four year old disabled son, to a children's hospice in Richmond. On the way there he began to gasp for breath so, not unreasonably, Mrs Batkin pulled over onto the pavement to help resuscitate him.
Can you guess what happened during this incident (FYI Freddie recovered)?
Yes, that's right, her car and her actions were recorded on camera by traffic wardens.
Can you guess what happened after that?
Yes, that's right, she received a £100 fine for parking on the pavement!
Now not unreasonably, given that she explained to the council what had happened, Mrs Batkin assumed that Richmond Council would waive the fine.
Can you guess what the council did, dear readers?
Yes, that's right, Richmond council refused to back down despite receiving her letter of explanation which had the support of her GP.
The appeals officer quoted a section of the Highway Code, and insisted it had been unnecessary to park on the pavement.
Needless to say, once the story hit the media, Richmond council were forced to eat crow and backed down. They have now cancelled the parking ticket.
I won't use the words in public that I am thinking of wrt the council officers who tried to fine Mrs Batkin. However, I will say this, unless people really stand up to these jobsworth braindead bullies, the councils and their lackeys will walk all over us.
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