A good Samaritan who has voluntarily been taking patients to their doctor appointments for 14 YEARS – has been slapped with a parking fine.
Selfless 75-year-old Keith Wright had taken a disabled woman to the same practice which he has been doing so for years.
But three weeks later he was shocked to receive a £60 fine in the post even though he had his official volunteer driver badge in view.
No-one had approached him on the day while he was parked in one of the three bays designed for people with limited mobility while he waited for half an hour.
But the practice changed their policy, which Mr Wright wasn’t aware of, meaning drivers must enter their registration inside the surgery.
Mr Wright, who works with charity Involve, said: “I am a volunteer driver and make no profit from helping people.”
“It offends me that the surgery hasn’t got the facility for talking to people and doesn’t recognise we are doing a favour for someone.
“If they had a problem the could have walked outside and talked to me.”
Mr Wright had been at The College Practice in Maidstone, Kent, and his appeals have been unsuccessful.
He has now paid the fine but says he will no longer take patients to surgeries.
Practice Manager Alex Willoughby said it was complaints from patients which brought in the change.
She said: “It is very unfortunate if someone legitimately using the car park does get a ticket as the system is there to help patients.
“Where we are aware this has happened we can provide a letter to help in an appeal.”