Mum given £100 penalty for using disabled bay to drop off daughter who had broken ankle

Rebecca Ruscoe leaves A&E after her broken ankle is put in plaster.
Rebecca Ruscoe leaves A&E after her broken ankle is put in plaster.

A mother slapped with a £100 fine for using a disabled parking space after giving her injured daughter a lift has hit out at the punishment.

Jane Ruscoe, of Slyne, said her 17-year-old daughter Rebecca was “temporarily disabled” and on crutches after she broke her ankle the day before receiving the ticket at Lancaster and Morecambe College.

Mrs Ruscoe, 46, drove Rebecca to the college to appear in a photograph for Ripley St Thomas’ netball team ahead of a match in which she was due to play before her injury.

But as she returned to her car, she saw a warden writing out the penalty notice.

Mrs Ruscoe, who runs the Acorn Oak furniture shop in Carnforth, said: “I explained the situation but he said he couldn’t cancel a ticket once he had written it but that I could appeal it.

“There were only disabled spaces available because of all the building work.

“Because it’s a temporary disability, there should be some concessions.

“It’s a sports college and sports injuries do occur so a bit of leniency and common sense should be the order of the day.”

She said the warden later said that had she remained with her car to show she was picking someone up, no ticket would have been given.

But as her daughter needed help to walk Mrs Ruscoe said she had no option but to leave the car.

She has appealed against the penalty, given on March 31, and expects to receive a decision within the next month.

A Lancaster and Morecambe College spokesman told the Guardian: “The Car Park Management Company is employed by Lancaster and Morecambe College for safety reasons to ensure access for emergency vehicles and guarantee the safety of all users, as many visitors to college were parking inappropriately and causing risks to others.

“There is signage in the car parks with the parking rules and penalties clearly displayed.

“The management of the car park has been delegated to the company and the college has no jurisdiction over the charges imposed.

“Any fines collected by the company are retained by them and not paid to the college.”

The spokesman added: “There have been a small number of unfortunate incidents but overall the scheme is working effectively for the benefit of college users.”