A CAMPER van driver slapped with a £75 fine for parking by a dropped kerb has described the action as “blatant discrimination”.

Steve Foakes was visiting his sister in Cecil Road, Bournemouth, on November 1 and parked his Citroen campervan along the road at around 5.30pm.

In order to prevent blocking in another vehicle, Mr Foakes left a two-foot gap between the two which resulted in him partially blocking a dropped kerb.

When he returned later, he discovered he had been hit with the ticket. His frustration, however, only came about when he noticed at least seven other vehicles parked over dropped kerbs had not been ticketed.

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“The issue with Cecil Road is there are dropped kerbs all the way along,” Mr Foakes told the Echo.

Bournemouth Echo: Steve Foakes' van parked over dropped kerb in Cecil Road, BournemouthSteve Foakes' van parked over dropped kerb in Cecil Road, Bournemouth (Image: Steve Foakes)

“There’s no road markings or signs to say parking on or by a dropped kerb is illegal and there was no reason for one to be there as there’s no driveway.

“There were other cars blocking dropped kerbs all day and had no tickets issued, that’s a real kick. I feel this is blatant discrimination against myself for owning a campervan.”

BCP Council has since confirmed a complaint was made against Mr Foakes’ campervan, resulting in the ticket. No complaints about other vehicles were received.

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Mr Foakes, 56 and originally from New Milton, added: “If I came back and saw 10 other cars ticketed too I would say that’s absolutely fine. I’m not saying I haven’t parked at a dropped kerb – I have – and if that is illegal then I’ll pay the fine and take the hit.

Bournemouth Echo: Another vehicle parked over a dropped kerb in Cecil Road, BournemouthAnother vehicle parked over a dropped kerb in Cecil Road, Bournemouth (Image: Steve Foakes)

“But my point is, why single out me and not ticket anyone else. They shouldn’t isolate one vehicle and let everyone else get away with it. How can they say it’s illegal for me to park by a dropped kerb but all the others are okay just because they haven’t had a report?”

A BCP Council spokesperson said: “Parking in front of dropped kerbs can have an impact on the safety of people including those with lower levels of mobility such as wheelchair users and those with pushchairs. It can prevent members of the public from gaining access to the road or carriageway or from getting their vehicles in and out of their driveways.

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“Members of the public are able to report blocked access by contacting our parking team via the BCP Council website where enforcement action may be taken.

“Enforcement action would be taken to vehicles parked on a dropped kerb in the same street if homeowners required access and had reported it to BCP Council.”

Mr Foakes has appealed the fine.

Visit bcpcouncil.gov.uk/Roads-and-transport/Dropped-kerbs/Report-a-vehicle-parked-in-front-of-your-dropped-kerb.aspx for more information.