A disabled Rickmansworth resident has hit out at a parking attendant who allegedly verbally abused her for using a disabled space.
Narinda Defrosies, 47, suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a genetic condition which causes fragile skin and hypermobile joints. The severity of her EDS means she is eligible for a Blue Badge, but due to the fact that she does not appear disabled, she has often faced discrimination when using disabled parking spaces.
Narinda recently parked in a disabled space on Northway in Rickmansworth town centre. However, upon returning to the space, she was surprised to find a ticket on her car.
Narinda appealed the ticket but had received no response after four weeks. She then decided to park in the spot on Northway again. She returned to her car to find an attendant putting a ticket on her bonnet, despite her Blue Badge being visible.
Speaking to RICKYnews, Narinda said: “When I asked the man why I had been ticketed, he simply pointed to the sign while smirking and said: ‘Look up there and learn how to read.’ Apparently it was something to do with permits, but it wasn’t clear.”
A man living nearby allegedly began to shout at Narinda as well, accusing her of not being disabled.
Narinda said: “I’m so angry. I’m so sick of people judging me. I told both of them they were disgusting.
“Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) has made the sign deliberately vague, so people get caught out.”
A spokesperson for TRDC said: “The signs in this location state: ‘Vehicles must display a valid Zone A permit and a valid Disabled Badge.’ On this occasion, the motorist did not display a valid Zone A permit and a civil enforcement officer issued a ticket.
“The motorist concerned was previously issued a ticket in the same location which they appealed.
“They were advised in writing on November 25 that the ticket had been correctly issued but as this was their first offence and they may have been confused about Blue Badge parking in a Permit Zone, it would be waived.
“Nonetheless, the ticket had been correctly issued. The motorist chose to park again without displaying the correct permit, which resulted again in the issue, correctly, of this ticket.”