Parking fine shock for diabetic motorist
A SHOCKED motorist who received a parking ticket while administering vital medical treatment says she feels discriminated against.
Frankie Blake, 63, from South Molton, who suffers from type one diabetes, received an £85 fine from private firm Parking Eye after parking at Barnstaple Business Park earlier this year.
Despite returning to her car within the two hour limit, low blood sugar levels meant she was forced to administer insulin before setting off.
Frankie, who is retired, said: "I went to see if there was a parking warden around that I could warn before I treated myself but there wasn't.
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"My car was photographed going in and out of the car park."
After receiving the fine, Frankie appealed against the decision to both Parking Eye and independent appeals body, Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA).
Despite providing medical records showing she was below half the DVLA's recommended blood sugar levels, she was told she still had to pay the fine or face court action.
Frankie said: "The appeal decision gave me no details as to why it was rejected.
"I would go as far as to say that they are discriminating against me. They have taken no account of the mitigating circumstances. I would go to court if I have to. I can't see how a judge is going to make me pay."
However, after the Journal contacted Parking Eye regarding the situation, the company announced it would be dropping the claim against Mrs Blake. A company spokesman said: "Although the charge was correctly issued, due to the mitigating circumstances of this particular case we have cancelled it as a gesture of goodwill."
A spokesperson from POPLA said they were unable to comment on individual cases.
Although relieved by the decision, Frankie said she was still frust- rated by the organisations' initial rejection of her appeal.
She said: "I sent them every single piece of paper which was about half an inch or more of documents.
"I can't understand why they have only decided to drop it now, and I can't understand how POPLA can call themselves an independent body if they don't even look at the circumstances."