‘I was fined for parking in a disabled bay despite having a blue badge. What can I do?’

RM, CHALAFONT

Dear RM,

This fine should never have been issued, as blue disabled parking badges are valid for use across the whole of the EU. The parking attendant ought to have known this. 

It is also troubling that staff at the hotel told you they would deal with the rogue ticket but didn’t stay true to their word.

Because of this, your fine ended up being passed to an international debt collection agency.   The original fine was for £182, but over four years it also racked up £67 in interest, £60 in “legal costs”, and a further £24 in “collection costs”.   

The good news is I tracked down the director of CLI International Debt Collectors and he quickly confirmed your debt was being dropped.

I tried to pursue the hotel for an apology and a goodwill gesture, but it has since changed hands and the new owners didn’t offer anything.

 

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