THE use of an anti-social behaviour camera to ticket disabled drivers in Bedfont has been branded 'underhand'.
The penalised motorists are furious about the £50 fines for parking on Gould Road.
They say they park there to use the local shops. If not paid quickly, the fines treble.
Barbara Akres, 65, of Gladstone Avenue, was picked up by the cameras twice when she parked partly on the pavement. It is something she claims to have done for years with no problems.
She added: "I can't walk miles to get to the shops and I parked where I thought I legally could, on a yellow line.
"I didn't know I was doing anything wrong. "On that road if you do not put at least two wheels on the pavement nothing can get through. There is nothing in the Highway Code which prevents that unless you are causing an obstruction."
Mrs Akres said her husband has also received two warning notices for parking in the area.
She said there are no signs to alert people to the camera being used for this purpose.
Mr Akres, 61, said: "This is so underhand, there is no warning. I am so angry."
James Barber, of Southville Road, has also received two tickets within the past fortnight when parking in the road while going to the shops with his wife Malvina.
He said: "My wife is disabled, we have never had traffic wardens bother us. They have just walked past. There are no warning signs about the camera. I was gutted when I got the tickets."
Osai Asemota, who runs chemists Edwards and Taylor, said: "It is going to cause real problems for our business. We only got the camera because there were crowds of youths hanging around outside - there was nothing about them using it to target motorists."
A council spokesman said: "Having a blue badge does not exempt the permit holder from receiving a penalty charge for a parking contravention. CCTV enforcement is our last resort, and is only used in areas where traditional enforcement has struggled to achieve compliance."