Diabetic motorist, 52, is hit by £120 parking fine after safely pulling over to stop when his blood sugar levels got too dangerous for him to drive
- Andy Lindsay, from Leeds, suffered a hypoglycemic attack while he was driving
- Hypoglycaemia symptoms include dizziness, nausea, confusion and drowsiness
- He pulled over onto industrial state to let symptoms pass before driving again
- However, while parked, he was snapped by a traffic warden and given a fine
Andy Lindsay, 52, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, suffered a hypoglycemic attack while driving
A diabetic was slapped with a £120 parking fine after he pulled over when his blood sugar levels dropped to dangerous levels.
Father-of-one Andy Lindsay, 52, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, suffered a hypoglycemic attack while driving.
Andy pulled over onto the Calder Park Industrial Estate next to the M1 in Wakefield to let the symptoms pass.
However, during his short stay in the industrial estate he was snapped by a traffic warden and given a parking penalty.
Symptoms of hypoglycaemia include dizziness, nausea, confusion and drowsiness.
The sales rep has appealed the fine three times and provided evidence of his condition, but the parking company that handed out the penalty have threatened to take him to court.
Father-of-one Andy was diagnosed with type one diabetes aged 11 and sufferers are advised by the DVLA that it is dangerous to drive when blood sugar levels drop below 5mmols (millimoles per litre).
Bronwyn, Andy’s wife, said the firm has shown ‘no common sense’ in dealing with the issue.
She said: ‘We understand the fine, but what we don’t understand is that we have appealed it three times now and there seems to be no common sense.
‘Imagine if he had carried on driving and killed someone – I’m sure the family of that person would have asked, ”why didn’t you pull over?”
Bronwyn, Andy’s wife, said the firm has shown ‘no common sense’ in dealing with the issue and has threatened to take him to court
Andy pulled over onto the Calder Park Industrial Estate next to the M1 in Wakefield to let the symptoms pass but, during his short stay , he was snapped by a traffic warden and given a parking penalty
‘I don’t think they would have understood if he had said, ”well I didn’t want to get a fine”.’
A traffic warden took a photograph of his car and he was hit with a £100 fine back in March by Excel Parking, which also operates under the name Vehicle Control Services Ltd.
The fine has since increased to £120 – and will rise to £180 plus court costs if the couple lose the appeal in court.
Bronwyn, 47, a hairdresser, added: ‘If it had been a council parking ticket I’m sure they would have used common sense and let us off by now.
‘This company feels like it’s just a money-making scheme and nothing to do with parking or safety. He could have been dead at the wheel for all they cared.’
Excel Parking was contacted for comment.