A new mother who endured a 17 hour labour was horrified when she later received a parking fine for $170 because she couldn’t move her car.
Rachael Betteridge-Lucky and her mother rushed to Ipswich Hospital in Brisbane’s south-east in August 2018 to deliver baby Clara.
After driving around the hospital’s multi-storey, paid-parking facility they had to settle for a three-hour parking spot on nearby Walker St, The Courier Mail reported.
Ms Betteridge-Lucky rushed to hospital at 3.30am and endured a traumatic labour that ended at 8.30pm that night.
More than a month after giving birth, the young woman was furious when she received a $170 fine for parking in the spot for longer than three hours.
‘This was only three-hour parking and it doesn’t take three hours to have a baby,’ Ms Betteridge-Lucky said.
Her mother intended to move the car, but was afraid to leave her daughter’s side as the labour was difficult.
‘Because my birth didn’t go very smoothly Mum stayed with me … I just wasn’t so healthy,’ she said.
In an attempt to get the fine waived, the young mother called council and explained the situation.
A woman talked Ms Betteridge-Lucky through the process but the council never responded to her request.
She heard nothing back from the council until she was issued a final notice of demand in January.
The young mother is urging Ipswich City Council and the hospital to make parking easier for patients as she said it’s not something people should need to worry about.
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