A CAR parking company has again been blasted for its disabled parking policy, after a Kirkheaton man was fined trying to help his injured friend.
Chris Corcoran was slapped with a £60 fine by UKCPS Ltd when he parked near a shop entrance at Great Northern Retail Park to assist his crippled mate, who was in agony after breaking his leg in two places.
Mr Corcoran, who drives a specially adapted car as his wife is registered disabled, said a parking attendant swooped on the pair despite it being clear that his friend was ‘temporarily disabled’.
His complaint comes just days after the Examiner revealed that Andrew Phillips was stung for parking in a disabled space with his seriously-ill mum.
Mr Corcoran said: “I was only trying to help out a friend and this is what I got.
“I didn’t have a disabled badge but commonsense really should have been applied. Anyone could have seen that my friend was in pain and therefore temporarily disabled.”
Mr Corcoran gave Richard Sterling, 48, a lift to pick up a new phone for his girlfriend from the Curry’s store at the Huddersfield retail park.
The Crosland Moor man had asked his friend to help him after he hurt his leg in an accident.
Mr said: “He was on crutches and had this big cast on up to his knee.
“It’s a free car park and there were plenty of spaces, but I thought it I parked in a normal bay he would have had a job getting out and could have caused himself or the car damage.
“There were quite a few empty disabled spaces so I parked up in one so I could be close to the door.
“I could have stayed in the car but my friend needed help so I went with him into the shop.”
The pair returned from the shop 10 minutes later, but Mr Corcoran spotted the fine stuck on his car.
He has paid the fine, but felt parking officials were unfair in issuing it.
He said: “I was upset and felt it wasn’t fair. I wasn’t depriving a disabled person of a space and at that moment in time my friend was physically disabled.
“ I feel a bit of extra consideration should have been applied.
“My wife is registered disabled and we have a Motability car. I could have just used her blue badge but I know there are people who abuse the system and I would never do that.
“I think the company needs to look at its system because it really does seem unfair.”
A spokesman for the company said: “On this particular occasion the gentleman is saying he parking in a disabled bay in a disability car but without a registered disabled person present.
“However we now understand there are mitigating circumstances.
“Mr Corcoran has not submitted an appeal. We would ask that he does this and then we can properly examine all the issues around his circumstances”.