Taxi driver fined by ‘devlish’ warden as he helped disabled women into cab

A taxi driver was slapped with a parking fine as he helped a disabled woman out into his cab.

Darren Redshaw picked up two women from outside a theatre in Salford, Greater Manchester on Sunday.

The cabby parked in a lay-by outside the hall a few minutes before the show was due to end and pulled a ramp out onto the kerb, Manchester Evening News reported.

As the woman approached the Hackney Carriage along with their carers, a traffic warden appeared.

The parking official told Darren, 55, that he was not allowed to stop there and slapped a ticket on his car.

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Darren, who is planning to appeal the fine, said: "I went to a nursing home in Walkden and took one lady in a wheelchair, another lady who couldn't walk, and two carers.

"I dropped them off at the Bridgewater Hall at 3pm and came to collect them just before the show finished at 5pm.

"We have to go kerb side to pull a ramp out onto the pavement. I came up and took the wheelchair lady into the taxi.

"There is a lay-by right outside the front door where coaches pull into. I pulled the ramp out, I stood at the door.

"A warden was at the window shouting at me. The traffic warden said 'You can't stop here'.

"I said 'What do you mean? I have been doing this for 25 years, I am just picking up I am not parking'.

"He got his computer out and put a ticket on my windscreen. I didn't want to argue with him."

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Darren added: "The woman in the wheelchair was upset.

"I have never had anything like this happen in my life.

"I was not stopping I was just loading. The lady in the wheelchair is 70 plus, the other lady is 60 plus. The two carers were in their 50s too."

He told the Sun Online: “I could understand if I was causing an obstruction or it was a busy Friday night but it was a quiet Sunday afternoon.

"Passers-by were calling him a disgrace.

“He was a menace. He looked like the bloody devil.”

According to the hall's website the lay-by is a designated wheelchair drop-off point, but drivers are not allowed to park there even if they hold a blue badge.

A statement on the information section of the website said: "A wheelchair drop-off point is located on Lower Mosley Street outside the Hall. We must stress, however, that this is not a parking space, even for blue badge holders."

A spokesman for  Manchester City Council  said: "An appeals process is in place for anybody who feels that they have been given a parking ticket in error and we encourage people to use this, so that we can formally review the circumstances in which it was issued."

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