The son of a blue badge holder has hit out at a council employee who parked illegally in a disabled space.
Paul Macready, 38, had popped down to his mum Wilma’s house in Hepburn Street in order to take her Fiat Punto to the garage to be fixed.
When he returned with the car, at around 1.30pm on Tuesday, he discovered a white, electric Peugeot iOn, with Dundee City Council markings parked in the disabled bay normally used by his mum.
Paul said: “Because my mum has a disabled badge, I find it incredibly frustrating when I see vehicles using disabled parking bays when they don’t have a blue badge. But the fact it was a council car makes it even more shocking.
“My mum suffers from a few long-term health problems and has had a blue badge for more than 10 years.
“She doesn’t use her car very often but when she does, she needs to prepare almost a day in advance before she attempts to get out to it.
“I think the driver of the car knew they were in the wrong because they parked right at one end of the space, as if to try to keep room for a blue badge holder.
“The problem is these spaces are bigger, so there is enough room for wheelchair access and things like that.
“So, although it appears that the space is big enough for two cars, it hasn’t been designed for that.”
Paul added that Hepburn Street was often patrolled by parking wardens.
He said: “I hung about for a wee while because I hoped a parking attendant would walk past and give the car a ticket but none arrived before I had to go.
“Anyone parked there without a blue badge would get a fine straight away.”
Paul said that neither he nor his mum knew how long the car had been parked in the bay.
He said: “I don’t know when it moved, but that is not really the point.
“The fact it was there at all, and particularly because it was a council vehicle, is the frustrating thing.
“The space is not specifically for my mum to use. If another blue badge holder were to park in the space then that’s fair enough. However, it is right across the road from my mum’s house, so it is very handy for her. For someone to park in it, presumably because there weren’t any other spaces in the street, is not on.”
A spokesman for Dundee City Council confirmed it was looking into the incident.
He said: “All drivers who use council pool vehicles are regularly reminded of their responsibilities in relation to the rules of the road and traffic laws.
“That message will be reinforced again throughout the council in the coming weeks.”
Tim Mineard, deputy chief executive of the Dundee Carers Centre, said: “People need to take a moment and have a little think about why the space is there in the first place.”