A BOROUGH taxi driver is celebrating after having a parking ticket - issued while he was parked in a taxi rank to pick up a disabled passenger - quashed.
Lee Denny, aged 46, who works for Solihull Radio Taxis, which specialises in transporting disabled people, parked his cab in a two-bay taxi rank in Mill Lane outside the House of Fraser store in Solihull on February 4 at about 12pm and left his vehicle to collect a customer.
When he returned he was outraged to discover he had been issued with a £35 parking ticket.
He was given 14 days to appeal but the ticket was cancelled by Solihull Council after Mr Denny contacted your Solihull Times yesterday.
Mr Denny, a Solihull resident who has clocked up 20 years experience as a taxi driver , said: “Obviously I am glad Solihull Council have dropped the matter but the issue still needs to be addressed.
“I still want to be able to park in a taxi rank and leave the taxi to collect a disabled person and not get a parking ticket. In all my years as a taxi driver, I have never experienced this before.”
Trevor Bloxham, co-director of A2B Radio Cars, based in Sterling Road, Monkspath, who runs a private hire car company, said his drivers had experienced problems with stopping to pick up passengers in Solihull town centre - being issued with parking tickets on three occasions.
He said: “There was one incident on October 27 last year where a driver had a call to pick up an elderly lady from a bank in Poplar Road and left his cab to help the lady outside and when he returned, he had a parking ticket. Later, after he challenged the council, it was cancelled. There have been similar cases in Drury Lane and Mill Lane too.”
“Solihull town centre is turning into a no-go area for private hire cars.”
Solihull Council said it would contact Mr Denny to inform him of the decision to cancel the ticket.
Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport, highways and infrastructure, said: “We have considered the grounds of Mr Denny’s appeal and will be cancelling the Penalty Charge Notice he was issued with.”