As a woman recovers in hospital from kidney transplant surgery, zealous traffic wardens are busily adorning her Mini, parked in a hospital bay disabled parking spot, with 10 parking tickets.
Walesonline reported the vehicle's owner was admitted to the transplant unit at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff on May 16.
Still recovering in hospital the patient was apparently not well enough to pop out and feed the ticket machine with more cash. She had however parked the Mini in a disabled parking bay and displayed her disabled parking permit on the windscreen which indicated she was a patient in the hospital's transplant unit.
Other visitors to the hospital spotted the ever increasing display of parking tickets covering the Minis' windscreen, each carrying a fine of £30, and raised their objections. The Daily Mail reported Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Welsh Conservatives, said: "While I understand parking regulations and their enforcement are a necessity, I cannot help but think in this example some compassion would not have gone amiss. The issuing of 10 tickets is a little overzealous, to say the least."
He added 'When you consider that everyone using a hospital car park is already under a certain amount of stress and anxiety, a little compassion needs to be shown in the issuing of parking fines."
Meanwhile Vinci Park UK, the company which employs the parking wardens, said: "'Our terms and conditions are clearly explained at ticketing machines." They are however working to resolve the issue, no doubt mindful of the bad publicity.