A DISABLED woman will fight the council over a parking fine she received after she pulled up on Staines Road in Bedfont to be violently sick because of a medical condition.
Carla Critcher, 51, won an appeal hearing due to 'compelling reasons' against the penalty charge notice (PCN), last month, but the council has refused to wave the £110 fine and instead ordered for it to be paid immediately.
The mother-of-one who has had a stomach bypass operation which occasionally causes projectile vomiting said she was shocked by the council's reaction and there was no humanity in what they were doing.
"I am disabled, and on the night in question I was violently sick, and pulled off the road immediately to avoid an accident," said Ms Critcher. "There is no warning when I am sick like that. This is awful and I am going to fight it all the way. If I was in the wrong or there was no reason for me to park there then I would have paid the fine.
“It was after 9.15 AT NIGHT – there were no pedestrians around at the time. I was only there for a maximum of five minutes; enough time to try and compose myself and clean up as best I could to then be able to drive to my sister's house just further down the road to clean up properly."
A council spokesperson said: “After careful consideration we have decided to proceed with this Penalty Charge Notice. While we can understand the predicament of Mrs Critcher, her vehicle was parked on a double yellow and near a junction box, which is not only dangerous but could have blocked traffic. Mrs Critcher had also parked blocking an area of the pavement marked as a cycle lane."
Ms Critcher who lives in Berkshire was on her way to visit her sister in Bedfont when the incident happened, in November last year. The PCN came through the door and there was an option to dispute the fine, which she did.
An appeals hearing was held on February 16, 2013, where the adjudicator found due to ‘compelling reasons’ the fine should be cancelled.
Then last week, a letter from Hounslow Council, said while the adjudicator’s comments were taken in to account the fine would stand and was ordered to be paid immediately.
Ms Critcher added: "I wonder why Hounslow Council are happy to pursue a sick, disabled driver for £110, when clearly they have already wasted the tax payers' money in having an appeals hearing. What is the point of that if they are going to simply ignore their findings and advice."