Bournemouth: Row Over 'Good Samaritan' Parking Fine

14 April 2015, 12:00

Bournemouth Council has disputed a man's claim that he was given a parking ticket while helping a pensioner who'd collapsed in the street.

The student, 21, said he stopped his car in a disabled bay as it was the closest to the elderly woman who had gone down - and that returning to his car after assisting the woman found he was being issued with a parking ticket.

He said:

"It's £70 if paid within 28 days or £35 if paid in 14 days, but it's not the cost that matters, it's the principle of it.

"I tried to do something good and then something bad happened because of it. I stopped in the disabled bay as it was the nearest place to where the old lady was.

"There was space for about four cars and it was completely empty, so it wasn't like somebody was waiting to use it and I was blocking the space.

"Under the circumstances, I think it's ridiculous. I saw her fall down and stopped for around 30 to 45 seconds at the most to help her. I went back to my car and there was a parking officer who was giving me a ticket. He must have seen what was happening and that I was helping the old lady.

"I asked him why and he said: 'It gives me no great satisfaction to give you this ticket'."

In response, a Bournemouth Borough Council statement said:

'Bournemouth Borough Council strongly disputes Mr Hollinshead version of events following an incident in Wycliffe Road after which the parking attendant was left distressed and shaken up. Mr Hollinshead of course reserves the right to appeal.

'The parking ticket was issued because Mr Hollinshead’s vehicle was not displaying a valid disabled badge or clock. The notice had been printed when Mr Hollinshead returned to his vehicle. A written log made by our Parking Attendant immediately following the incident states that Mr Hollinshead said he had been in the parking bay for between 30 and 40 seconds. Please note that the issuing of a parking ticket takes around five minutes.

'Our attendant’s statement also notes that Mr Hollinshead approached the attendant several times after the ticket was issued and used very aggressive and abusive language in a personal attack directly on the warden. The attendant’s log also states that Mr Hollinshead physically threatened and assaulted the member of staff, advising him that he would “have an accident” and records that Mr Hollinshead pushed our staff member towards the road.

'The log states that the attendant then alerted nearby police resulting in a PCSO warning Mr Hollinshead about his abusive language and supporting our staff member in his actions. Mr Hollinshead then left the scene.

'The attendant’s log records a third approach by Mr Hollinshead, during which he stated he was parking in the disabled bay because he had gone to the aid of an elderly lady and that he was only gone for two minutes. The attendant has recorded that he then pointed out that it takes five minutes to issue a PCN. This was the first time it is recorded that Mr Hollinshead raised the issue of assisting another person and the incident with the elderly person was not witnessed by the traffic attendant.

'The log concludes that Mr Hollinshead then drove off whilst on the phone.'