A disabled woman could face fines of over £1,000 for using a disabled driver parking space outside her flat.
Cerys Gemma, who lives in Cardiff, told reporters that the space allocated to her flat was inaccessible as it had a pillar on one side and another car park nearby on the other.
The 34-year-old, who has used a wheelchair since suffering serious spinal injuries in a car accident aged 17, uses one of the parking spaces reserved for disabled visitors as alternative.
Gemma has now been ordered to pay the fines by the county court, the BBC reported.
New Generation Parking Management, which manages the Prospect Place bays in Cardiff Bay and has taken Gemma to court, said the spaces should remain free for disabled visitors, not residents.
Gemma told the BBC she had been in contact with the property management and parking companies, trying to explain why she needed to use a wheelchair accessible space.
New Generation, which is under contract with Prospect Place Management, a client of property management firm Ringley Group, told the BBC: ‘We want to clarify that if we allow a resident to use a disabled visitor space as their own , we would need to authorize all resident requests that we have received over the years.
“It would undoubtedly reduce the availability of disabled spaces for visitors with disabilities.”
New Generation Parking (NGP) said it was simply applying the rules that Prospect Place agreed to when it was given the job of running the site.
He said: “We cannot make any changes to these rules without the agreement of the board; therefore, in light of the continued distress this is causing Ms Gemma, we will take steps to have this discussed at the next council meeting.
Ringley Group pointed out that it was NGP who sued her, not Ringley, adding that it understood the parking space provided with Gemma’s apartment was currently being used by a friend.
“This means that she has made ongoing attempts to park an additional car on site in a visitor space, despite having already been assigned a parking space for a resident,” a spokesperson said.
“Resident parking spaces are part of the lease agreement and are not assigned by Ringley.
“Ringley met with the local council to try to find a solution. One solution is for her to return her space to the free owner, then sit down with the site team and identify spaces that might be suitable for her and for us to arrange a space swap with another owner.
“There is a shortage of visitor spaces, which are for everyone’s use, which is why we cannot provide him with the permanent use of a disabled visitor parking space.”