A disabled motorist who received a parking fine after his car had a puncture said ‘common sense must prevail’.
The incident happened in February, when Frank Acton, of Dorset Drive, Harrow , had been driving along Wadsworth Road, in Perivale.
Passers-by helped him move the car safely on to the kerb after he had popped in to a nearby business premises and explained his situation.
The 71-year-old, who has arthritis and a bad left leg, said: “Out of the goodness of their hearts, they sent one of their staff out to replace the wheel.
“They could see I was distressed, so I really appreciated it and went back in to say thank you before driving off. By the time I had come out, in the space of a few minutes, I had been given a parking ticket.”
Mr Acton appealed the fine to Ealing Council but was unsuccessful.
The businessman said: “I explained to them that I was disabled, and that it was an act of God, something I have no control over, but they still refused, saying they had to base it on the law.
“It is grossly unfair and that is why I am taking a stand.
“What was I supposed to do? Grab the car, stick it under my arm and waddle off to somewhere convenient?
“It is an industrial road with heavy goods vehicles driving by. No one could have changed a tyre on the street, as they would have been killed.
“All I am asking here is that common sense prevails – it simply must.
“I couldn’t do something like this to you, nor you to me, so why should the council get away with it?
“I have not paid [the fine] and I am determined for them to see sense.”
If Mr Acton, who runs Metropolitan Fleet Services in Park Royal, fails to pay the £110 fine within the coming days, the sum will go up 50 per cent at a time but he has been supported by a letter from his MP to the council’s chief executive.
A council spokeswoman said: “Mr Acton was issued with a ticket for parking on a footpath, which is not allowed at any time.
“It is very important to keep the pavements clear for pedestrians, and the council has received numerous complaints from parents taking children to and from school being forced to walk around illegally parked cars on to busy roads.
“Drivers who need to stop are advised to pull over at the nearest safe location on the road.
“Mr Acton was offered a discounted rate on the penalty notice following an independent review of the case, which upheld the council’s decision to issue the parking ticket.”