Driver sees red over Blue Badge ticket cost
A DISABLED driver is furious at being left having to fork out more than he should have on a ticket at a Swansea car park.
Mel Williams claims he should be paying 70p to park up in Oxford Street car park for two hours and is instead having to shell out the full charge of £1.20.
The 78-year-old, from Ffordd Felin, Craigcefnparc, said although the prices were outlined on the machine and he had a Blue Badge on his car he still had to pay the higher rate.
Mr Williams said he had raised the matter with Swansea Council, but nothing had been done to alter the machine.
He said: "I went to Swansea and had to go to Oxford Street car park.
"Above the machine it says it’s 70p for two hours for disabled drivers and I have a badge on my car.
"But when I put 70p in the machine it wouldn’t accept it.
"Instead I had to pay the £1.20 charge.
"I spoke to the parking attendant and I have sent an email to the council, but I was told it hadn’t been altered."
He said he would now raise the matter with Trading Standards.
"I am a rate payer and the council are not prepared to discuss it," he said.
"You have to put your registration in when you buy a ticket so you can’t pass it on to someone else, but they do not change the prices on the ticket machine."
Mr Williams, who has got problems with his spine and has had knee replacements, said he had made repeat visits to the car park between October 2 and October 14.
The pensioner said he receives a mobility allowance due to long running back problems dating back to 1965.
A Swansea Council spokesman added: "We recently received a complaint about the payment machine in our Oxford Street car park. Engineers have inspected the machine and confirmed it is working correctly."