Published: 15:30, 01 August 2014 |
Updated: 10:35, 02 August 2014
Single mother Nikki Archer, of Grace Avenue, Maidstone, was hit with a £30 fine for driving in a bus lane in Chatham.
She was chauffeuring her 20-year-old daughter Monique, who is visually impaired and suffers from cerebral palsy, in a specially adapted vehicle.
Ms Archer, 43, said: “It’s the inconsistency of it. Just five miles away in Maidstone you are allowed to drive in bus lanes if you have a disabled badge.”
She initially appealed the penalty on the grounds of inadequate signage, but the highways department of the council didn't budge.
After unsuccessful attempts to get the fine overturned she faced a £407 fine or a visit from the bailiffs who would have taken £1,200 of property, almost £800 of which being their costs.
Repossession company JBW Judicial Services Group attended Ms Archer’s house last week at 7.30am and marked up things to take, including property adapted for her daughter’s disabilities.
Jamie Waller, CEO of JBW, said: “At no time was our agent made aware that any goods within the property were for the use of the daughter and now we are aware, the goods have been removed from our inventory.”
On Tuesday Medway Council put the case on hold for a week following complaints from Mrs Archer about JBW's conduct.
A spokesman for Kent County Council confirmed that while social services cannot influence parking decisions it has made detailed representations to Medway Council confirming Ms Archer’s circumstances.
Cllr Dan Daley, for Maidstone Central, said: “The road in question is almost designed to make money. I think Medway Council have acted way out of line in this case.”
Medway Council have now confirmed that having reviewed Mrs Archer's case and the circumstances surrounding the incident they have decided to call off the bailiffs and reduce the fine.
A Medway Council spokesman said: “Mrs Archer will now only need to pay Medway Council in full the £97 outstanding. We understand that has now been paid and the matter is closed.”
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.