Disability News

from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/7541622.stm

A council parking van has been caught on camera parked illegally across a disabled bay in Devon.

The incident was photographed by a member of the public who was walking through the Mary Arches car park in Exeter on Friday.

Exeter City Council admitted it was "a mistake" and said its employees had to observe the same rules as the public.

"We're not going to make any excuses for this sort of parking, which sets a very poor example," a spokesman said.

The council said the vehicle had been responding to an urgent call requesting assistance in the car park and it was parked only for a short period.

It wasn't just where it was parked - it was the way it was parked
Tony Mottershaw

"This doesn't alter the fact that the vehicle should have been parked properly in the first place," the spokesman added.

But Tony Mottershaw, who captured the picture, said he was "dumbfounded" when he spotted the van.

"It wasn't just where it was parked - it was the way it was parked," he told BBC News.

"He appeared to be over doing something at the pay-and-display machine, but there were plenty of other places he could've parked the van.

"If that had been me and I'd said: 'Oh I'm just popping to the music shop and I'll only be two minutes', what do think the reaction would have been?"