He appealed, and sent a doctors' letter, which stated he should stop what he was doing, take medication and rest. The letter took a while to organize. For his trouble and because of the delay, the council increased the fine to £70.
There was no way he could drive safely while suffering agonising chest pains. When his first appeal was rejected, he took his claim to a second independent appeal. The council accepted the second appeal and cancelled the fine.
Here are other cases from the UK in recent years.
1. Last November, a woman who had pulled over at 11am on Armistice Day to pay her respects, after hearing Big Ben strike. While she was standing by the car, observing a minute's silence, a traffic warden slapped her car with a ticket. She was urged to appeal.
2. In February last year, a motorist was ticketed for being stationary beside a bus stop: he was stuck in traffic at the time. The fine was later cancelled.
3. A month later, a man was fined for stopping for 90 seconds to check the parking restrictions. The photo sent with the fine clearly showed him checking the sign beside his car. The fine was eventually dropped.
4. In 2013, a woman was fined for pulling into a disabled bay on a city High Street. The warden ignored the fact she was a few feet away giving first aid to a woman who had collapsed in the street. The council withdrew the fine.
5. A year earlier, traffic wardens ticketed a lifeboat, after a crew member left it on a trailer outside the lifeboat station to pop back in for some paperwork. The ticket was eventually cancelled. Source Aol Money.
Okay, here's my story. My husband was driving along a street close to home when he was struck with a sudden urge. He wears a catheter and when it plays up, he is gripped with agonizing pain. He had to decide, whilst in pain, weather to return home, thereby doing a u-turn, or continue to the closest pub. Unable to think straight, he chose the latter.
When a fine came in the mail, he was staggered. There is a camera part-way along the street, which consists of steep rises and dips. In order to slow down on one hill, the driver has to ride the brakes and turn on the incline before the next dip. There has never been an accident on Allum Lane, nor do people cross the road.
He sent a letter of explanation. The council expressed their sympathy, but his claim was rejected and he's paid a £100 fine, which we can ill afford because of financial circumstances attached to his cancer.
This fine has nothing to do with public safety. Extenuating circumstances have no bearing on the money-making scheme of some hungry municipal councils.
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