Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Disabled mum 'humiliated' after school shames her double yellow line parking

A disabled parent said she was left ‘humiliated’ after a Sutton Coldfield school labelled her parking as ‘dangerous’. Photo: BPM

A disabled mum says she was left 'humiliated' after a Sutton Coldfield school labelled her parking as 'dangerous' in their newsletter.

The Maney Hill Primary School included a photograph of the car in the newsletter's section headlined 'Dangerous Parking'.

But the 52-year-old Anita Partridge, who is a Blue Badge holder, maintains she has parked safely and legally while dropping her son off at the school.

The school has labelled her parking 'dangerous'. Credit: BPM

The newsletter read: “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. 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.”

The mum says she was left 'shocked and humiliated' when her car was identified in the school newsletter.

She insists she was not right on the corner and not blocking anyone in.

I'm a disabled driver and have a Blue Badge which allows me to park on double yellow lines. 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.

– Anita Partridge

The Government's Blue Badge Scheme website states that the Badge holders 'may park on a single or double yellow lines for up to 3 hours'. However, it says the Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere:

Like other road users, you must obey the rules of the road, as laid out in the Highway Code. Do not park where it would endanger, inconvenience or obstruct pedestrians or other road users. Examples of dangerous or obstructive parking include the following, although there are others: School entrances, bus stops, on a bend, or near the brow of a hill or hump bridge. Parking opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space.

– The Government's Blue Badge Scheme website

The mum-of-two says she was now offered a disabled parking at the school.

The school has disabled parking but I was told I still had to drop my son off and pick him up from the other side of the school. The school has now said I can park in one of the disabled bays and after arguing with them, they have now agreed I can drop him off and pick him up from reception.

– Anita Partridge

Sarah Whitehead, the Maney Hill Primary School headteacher said:

Inconsiderate parking is a major issue at many schools, including ours, and we will do all we can to encourage parents to consider other people when they park. When we found out this parent was disabled we offered a disabled space in the school grounds.

– Sarah Whitehead, Maney Hill Primary School headteacher