Disabled mother 'humiliated' after school calls her out for 'dangerous, illegal' parking in newsletter
Anita Partridge, the 52-year-old mother of two, insists her actions were lawful and that the newsletter has completely humiliated her
A disabled mother says that she was "humiliated" after her parking was branded "dangerous" in a school newsletter.
Maney Hill Primary School in Sutton Coldfield, West Mids, released a photo of Anita Partridge’s Audi Q5 in a section of the letter titled 'Dangerous Parking.'
But as a Blue Badge holder, the 52-year-old mum-of-two insists her actions were lawful and that the newsletter has "completely humiliated" her while other careless motorists also park on double yellow. The Blue Badge Scheme webpage says; “Badge holders may park on single or double yellow lines for up to 3 hours, but adds “The Blue Badge is not a license to park anywhere."
The newsletter said: “It is disappointing to receive another photograph of dangerous parking outside school. "Please remember that the double yellow lines are there for a purpose. At corners, visibility for pedestrians and drivers is reduced."
It added: "The double yellow lines are there to keep corners clear of vehicles so that pedestrians can cross safely and drivers can turn into roads safely."
“Please be a considerate driver and do not park on double yellow lines outside school or anywhere else.”
Anita told the Birmingham Mail: “I’m a disabled driver and have a Blue Badge which allows me to park on double yellow lines."
A disabled parent said she was left ‘humiliated’ after a Sutton Coldfield school labelled her parking as ‘dangerous’ in a school newsletter. https://t.co/SHn5RwcGwU— Leonard Cheshire (@LeonardCheshire) October 19, 2018
“I know the double yellows are there to protect the junction but, where I park, there is still a clear 20 metres behind where I’m parked to Mottrams Close which is a cul-de-sac. I have four conditions and shouldn’t be walking," she added.
“My car has been identified in the school newsletter. I was shocked and completely humiliated. Mums of children in the same class as my son told me and they know I am a Blue Badge holder. I said I’m a Blue Badge holder. I’m entitled to park for up to three hours on double yellows," she justified.
“I wasn’t right on the corner. I wasn’t blocking anybody in."