I WAS GIVEN PARKING TICKET WHILE HAVING HEART SCARE; 64-year-old fined after leaving car on double yellow lines to seek help.
Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY Staff Reporter email@example.com
AHEART patient has been ticketed after stopping on double yellow lines while gripped by sudden, excruciating chest pains.
Dave Hands, who has suffered four heart attacks - the most recent of them a week ago - says he followed doctor's orders by immediately leaving his vehicle and seeking assistance from friends who work at a nearby amusement arcade.
He returned to the Rover, parked in Rochester Road, Northfield, after an hour to discover the PS35 penalty notice on the windscreen.
And despite providing a letter from his GP, the 64-yearold has been told the fine, which has now escalated to PS70 because he did not pay promptly, still stands.
The Northfield grandfather now plans to appeal the decision on the grounds that the local authority acted unreasonably.
That appeal may never happen, however.
Dave has 28 days to lodge the paperwork and is currently at Edgbaston's QE Hospital after suffering a suspected fifth heart attack last Thursday.
From his hospital bed, former Rover worker Dave said: "No one, but no one, could drive with chest pains, irrespective of what the council may think.
"Life is more important. "I stopped my car and removed myself to a place of safety and used my medication as directed.
"I think it's a disgrace. What the council is doing is actively encouraging people to drive when clearly they should not be driving.
"I stopped straight away. What if I'd carried on and hit a mother or a child?" Dave, who suffered his first heart attack in 2004, was taken ill at the wheel at around 8.30pm on May 11.
He walked to the amusement arcade, twice used the glyceryl trinitrate spray for angina sufferers and, after an hour, felt well enough to return to his car.
He contacted the council the following day but his pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
Dave added: "The doctor confirmed that I suffer from angina, and he reiterated the circumstances I found myself in. They rejected it because there was no independent corroboration of what happened on the night.
"It is the principle. It is not about the money. If I win the appeal, the PS70 will go to the cardiac resuscitation charity at the QE."
A Birmingham City Council spokesman said: "Motorists who receive penalty charge notices have a right to appeal if they feel they should not have been fined.
"If they are unsuccessful with their appeal to the council, they can then pursue a further independent appeal."
Heart patient |Dave Hands with the parking ticket