Ballygally mum-of-two fought the law and she won

Louise McCabe with twins Lilianna and Isabella and parking tickets. INLT 28-011-PSB
Louise McCabe with twins Lilianna and Isabella and parking tickets. INLT 28-011-PSB

A Ballygally woman who claimed she was wrongly issued with a parking ticket has had her fine waived by Roads Service.

In July, the Larne Times reported that the Department for Regional Development was investigating the case of Louise McCabe, who received a £90 penalty charge after parking across two spaces.

But the mother-of-two claimed she had been given “incorrect information” by an on-duty traffic warden.

Louise explained that she had received assurances from the official that she could park her car across two spaces, provided she purchased two pay-and-display tickets.

And that is what she did while on a shopping trip to Carrickfergus. However, when Louise returned to her car she was “shocked and disgusted” to discover she had received a ticket.

She added: “I ended up paying a £45 fine because I paid the charge within 14 days and got a 50 per cent discount. But I am a single parent and money is tight, so I ended up having to borrow the money to pay the fine.”

Having unsuccessfully appealed the fine twice, a persistent Louise got in touch with the Times and we made enquiries with the Department on her behalf.

And this week, Louise received a letter from Roads Service informing her that the fine would be refunded.

However the letter warned that the same approach may not be taken in the future.

A delighted Louise said: “I was informed that my case had been reviewed and on this occasion, the Roads Service was willing to waive the charge.

“It is a small personal victory and I am pleased with the decision, but I am annoyed I had to take it this far in order to get it sorted.

“This just proves the power of the local Press and of not backing down.”