Letter: Parking problems.
IN response to Katie Campling, news reporter, Examiner, December 19. I agree with her story "Parking problems as badge system abused".
I too am a disabled driver, I'm nearly 53 but look young for my age. I've had a disability since 2001 and just because I look and dress a lot younger and drive a sports car, it doesn't make my disability go away. But on several occasions I've parked in disabled spaces with my blue badge on display and had elderly people look at me and on one occasion an elderly couple walked past as I was getting out of my car and remarked: "she doesn't look disabled to me".
So to defend myself I shouted that "because I'm not old and drive a brand new car and haven't got a stick doesn't make me able bodied - you don't know me." So they looked away in embarrassment.
I also attend HRI out-patients' department every month and I have to go through A&E department and every time I look for a parking space, guess what? The only four disabled spaces are taken up by, yes, drivers with no blue badges.
We reported this on every occasion to reception and all I get told is: "Oh I will look into it with the car park attendant."
Last time I was there 3 1/2 hours and not one car park attendant was seen putting a parking fine or clamp on these morons' cars. Yet if I had parked upstairs without my badge in a disabled bay I would have been clamped so what's the difference between the upstairs car park at HRI to the A&E car park?
I suggest these wardens keep an eye on this car park instead of walking round the main entrance all the time.
DISGUSTED DISABLED DRIVER