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A DISABLED man was reduced to tears yesterday (Thursday) after a parking attendant fined him as he was renewing his blue badge.

A DISABLED man was reduced to tears yesterday (Thursday) after a parking attendant fined him as he was renewing his blue badge.

Richard Carpenter from Bramcote Drive had parked in a disabled bay on Station Road in Solihull before making his way to update his badge at the Connect Office.

The 59-year-old left his renewal letter -from the council - clearly displayed inside the car, as well as a note explaining where he was.

But when he returned less than an hour later he found a parking ticket with a £70 fine attached.

"It just all got too much, and I broke down into tears," he said.

"I just cannot believe that the council have fined me when their guidelines ask you to help them out by bringing your blue badge into the office," he said.

The West Midlands Police financial assistant suffers from Wegener's granulomatosis, a life-threatening illness that affects the lungs, kidneys and other organs.

Mr Carpenter says every step he takes is painful and he's currently so ill he's off work.

To add insult to injury Solihull Council said the only piece of information on show was a hand-written note from Mr Carpenter saying he had 'gone to renew his blue badge'.

They also said that Blue Badge holders are not required to bring in their existing badges when renewing them.

Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport, highways and infrastructure added: "We have to ensure that disabled parking areas are used by genuine Blue Badge holders.

"If there is doubt, as there was in this case, officers will issue a ticket."

But Mr Carpenter says it's time for the council to start using their commonsense.

"It just seems to be all black and white with no shades of grey.

"I now know that I won't have to pay, but it's not the point.

"Wardens are just issuing tickets to anyone."

Solihull Council are urging anyone with any concerns to call them on 0121 704 6000.

The West Midlands Police financial assistant suffers from Wegener's granulomatosis, a life-threatening illness that affects the lungs, kidneys and other organs.

Mr Carpenter says every step he takes is painful and he's currently so ill he's off work.

To add insult to injury Solihull Council said the only piece of information on show was a hand-written note from Mr Carpenter saying he had 'gone to renew his blue badge'.

They also said that Blue Badge holders are not required to bring in their existing badges when renewing them.

Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport, highways and infrastructure added: "We have to ensure that disabled parking areas are used by genuine Blue Badge holders.

"If there is doubt, as there was in this case, officers will issue a ticket."

But Mr Carpenter says it's time for the council to start using their commonsense.

"It just seems to be all black and white with no shades of grey.

"I now know that I won't have to pay, but it's not the point.

"Wardens are just issuing tickets to anyone."

Solihull Council are urging anyone with any concerns to call them on 0121 704 6000. ..SUPL:

 

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