London Parking Ban challenged.
- London Parking Ban challenged.
A woman from Camden has gone to court to challenge the way the
central London boroughs of Westminster, Camden and Kensington &
Chelsea do not recognise the Blue/Orange parking badge.
Claire Glasman, who volunteers with WinVisible, a group of disabled
women, received a ticket for parking in a motorcycle bay in
Westminster last year. She says: 'I was going to meet a friend
outside Westminster Abbey. The few disabled spaces were full so my
choices were to park further away, which is physically too difficult,
to pay meter charges which 1 can't afford, or go home and leave my
friend wondering what had happened.'
Westminster Council has pursued the case to the point of sending
bailiffs who have threatened to seize Ms Glasman's adapted car. The
case has now gone to court and the magistrate has given Ms Glasman
the opportunity to make a sworn statement that Westminster will have
to respond to.
Ms Glasman says that WinVisible, which is based in Camden, is
receiving a growing number of requests from disabled women being
pursued by Camden Council over parking tickets. She says that she
has been told by a traffic warden that, 'Since privatisation we're
under pressure to ticket Orange Badge holders for minor offences.'
WinVisible wants to hear other people experiences - write to
Centre 230a, Kentish Town Road London N5
Source: GLAD's London Disability News - December 2000
Could this parking ban be in conflict with EEC member state
requirement of the right to free assembly for citizens of Member
Despite the U.K. Being one of the richest countries in the world,
there are no accessible public transport services in central London,
in fact the new Mayor of London has just ordered 35 new inaccessible
Routemaster buses. Ken Livingstone has stated "These buses are
popular with the public and tourists".
What do you think?
- Parking victory
The court challenge to a parking ticket issued to a disabled woman by
Westminster Council has succeeded. Claire Glassman had been
threatened with bailiffs if she did not pay the fine but the county
accepted her argument that she had no alternative but to park where
she had. "It s been a difficult time but the courts seem ready to
support us", comments Claire.
Source: London Disability News - February 2001