Parking fine for motorist who pulled over to help injured bird

Lisa Ramos was fined £60 after she was instructed by the RSPCA to contain an injured bird. She is no

Lisa Ramos was fined £60 after she was instructed by the RSPCA to contain an injured bird. She is now campaigning for the RSPCA as well as those who assist in helping injured animals to not be fined. - Credit: Archant

A woman’s feathers were ruffled after she received a parking fine for helping an injured bird at the side of the road.

Lisa Ramos, 35, of Kingswood Road, Ilford, was given a £60 parking fine while she was rescuing an injured wood pigeon on the side of High Road, Ilford.

Despite appealing the fine, she has now been told to pay a further £60 by the council.

She said: “I couldn’t believe it. I am the sort of person that will stop for any animal if it looks as if its in pain and I don’t intend to stop doing it. I just don’t get how can the council be so cold hearted.”

Miss Ramos was on her way to work when she saw a helpless wood pigeon limping on the side of the road.

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She got out of her car and called the RSPCA who instructed her to contain the bird until they got there.

Lisa went back to her car which was parked in the Catholic Church of SS. Peter and Paul’s car park, in High Road, Ilford, when she saw she had been given a parking ticket.

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Miss Ramos said: “I couldn’t believe it. This isn’t even about the money, it is about what is right and what is the decent thing to do if anyone is in that situation.”

She has since started up a petition calling for the RSPCA as well as residents who assist injured animals to be spared parking tickets by the council.

A spokesman from Redbridge Council said: “While we cannot discuss the specifics of individual cases we would say that this matter has been considered by both our own regulated appeals process and through the independent adjudicator both of which found in our favour.

“Where the Council is presented with substantive evidence that it has issued a ticket incorrectly we are always happy to cancel the ticket. If any motorist is unhappy with the Council’s decision to issue a ticket then they should follow the official appeal process.”

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