Parking enforcement in Northwich hits Blue Badge holders

Northwich Guardian: Parking enforcement in Northwich hits Blue Badge holders Parking enforcement in Northwich hits Blue Badge holders

A BLUE Badge holder was furious when a quick trip into Northwich led to a £70 fine.

Janet Elrin and her 75-year-old husband Nils, who has dementia, Parkinsons and failing eyesight, parked in a disabled bay at the side of Iceland, in Witton Street, on Saturday morning.

The pair put the Blue Badge on the dashboard, ran some errands in town and were shocked to find a parking ticket when they returned less than an hour later.

This ticket said that a valid Blue Badge had not been properly displayed and left the Elrins with a £70 fine.

Janet said: “I’m furious about what happened.

“The Blue Badge can only go in one place on the dashboard, I’ve no reason not to use it and am perfectly entitled to use it.

“I’m not paying the fine, I shall go to court because I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong and I think Cheshire West and Chester Council is just collecting money off the disabled.

“They need to look a bit more carefully.”

She added: “I am pleased in a way though that the council is actually looking at disabled parking bays because they are abused.”

A spokesman for CWAC, which took over parking enforcement at the end of 2013, said that the problem was with the time clock the comes with the Blue Badge.

“A Penalty Charge Notice was issued because the time clock with the Blue Badge failed to display the correct time of arrival,” said the spokesman.

“It was set to 3pm when the enforcement officer patrolled shortly after 10am.

“The booklet issued with all Blue Badges explains that the clock must display the time of arrival in order for a Blue Badge to be valid.

“We can confirm that we have received a challenge to this PCN and this is currently being considered.”

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5:35pm Thu 6 Feb 14

onered says...

When you need to use a parking clock

When you park on yellow lines or in other places where there is a time restriction, you need to display the blue parking clock to show your time of arrival.

The clock should be sent to you together with the Blue Badge.
If not, you can get a clock from the same authority that issued the badge.

If you need to use a parking clock, you must display it on the vehicle’s dashboard or facia panel, so that the time can be seen clearly through the front windscreen. The clock should be set to show the quarter hour period during which you arrived. If there is no dashboard or facia panel in your vehicle, you must still display the clock in a place where it can be clearly read from outside the vehicle.
When you need to use a parking clock When you park on yellow lines or in other places where there is a time restriction, you need to display the blue parking clock to show your time of arrival. The clock should be sent to you together with the Blue Badge. If not, you can get a clock from the same authority that issued the badge. If you need to use a parking clock, you must display it on the vehicle’s dashboard or facia panel, so that the time can be seen clearly through the front windscreen. The clock should be set to show the quarter hour period during which you arrived. If there is no dashboard or facia panel in your vehicle, you must still display the clock in a place where it can be clearly read from outside the vehicle. onered

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