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Grandmother fined £10 a second for parking

Joyce Sale says it's 'ludicrous' she was fined Photo: BPM Media

A grandmother doing charity work was fined £70 – for stopping outside a Birmingham school for just seven seconds.

Troop Aid volunteer Joyce Sale had to fork out £10 for every second she spent on zig-zag lines at St Benedict's school in Small Heath.

Now Mrs Sale has lost an appeal over the fine – which equates to an hourly rate of £36,000.

It’s ludicrous. It was pouring with rain and I stopped for a moment to see if I could pull into the school car park.

A young man walking past pointed at a mobile CCTV van and I drove on.

About a week later I got a penalty in the post. I couldn’t believe it.


– Joyce Sale
Mrs Sale's car was caught on camera Credit: BPM Media

The 71-year-old was trying to drop off leaflets at the school promoting a singing contest in aid of Troop Aid.

She pulled over in St Benedict's road on February 12 but was caught on camera by Birmingham City Council.

Video sent to Joyce by the authority showed her stop at 12.02pm and drive away seven seconds later.

The retired care worker from Yardley in Birmingham appealed over the fine but was ordered to pay it at an independent hearing earlier this month.

A sign in the area stating 'no stopping' Credit: BPM Media

Drivers have the right to appeal against any notice they feel is issued unfairly.

this case, that process has been followed and the notice has been upheld.

We would also point out that the safety and wellbeing of those travelling to and from schools is paramount and that parking restrictions, including zig-zag lines, are important safety measures.

– Birmingham City Council