As a taxi driver, I sometimes go to BHX 5 times a day in summer, so im no stranger to the chaos there.
This August I was dropping off a family of 8 AND picking up a family of 7 at same time. Both families had many young kids
As i entered the drop off carpark, I noticed my clients waiting on the left by the disabled park bays.
There are 12 or so bays and 10 were vacant.
The park has become very busy and dangerous this season due to more flights and its always a worry that someone will get run over, specially as its a free for all with cars going in all directions
The car park is opperated by NCP.
i pulled into a bay and whilst unloading cases etc, a copper who had been leaning against a fence came to me and asked if I had a disabled badge
I told him we cant have them
He asked why i was parked in a disabled bay
I explained about the mayhem and the danger to the kids and I have a duty of care etc
He said those people are nothing to me, and I have no responsibilty to them
He continued to be arrogant and rude, asking why I thought I had a right to do as I pleased and park anywhere etc
He demande to see my driving licence and then said he WASNT going to write me a parking ticket, but WOULD be reporting it to NCP who own the park
On the way home I thought about it and then googled the POLICE and CRIME COMMISIONER for West Mids Police
I asked the Lady how I submit a Freedom of Information request
She asked why.
I told her I want to know how much public money is spent policing PRIVATE car parks
She wanted to know why, so I told her the story. She was MOST keen to assist me.
I said I would wait and see if I got a ticket, which I didnt.
Police have NO right or jurisdiction in a car park like that.
I normally dont park in disabled spaces, but under those circumstances I felt it was safest option.
2 weeks later, whilst dropping off a Lady with a plaster cast on one leg, a NCP opperative became abusive because I was using a disabled bay without a blue badge, even though passenger was on crutches and had booked passenger assistance/wheelchair
He took my car details and said he would issue a ticket, but i never got one.
Seems like they all love being Hitler