Aston Martin parked in disabled bay sparks fury

Fury as ‘selfish’ owner of £100,000 Aston Martin V8 Vantage parks supercar in disabled bay outside row of shops

  • A father was unable to drop off his six year-old disabled son because of the car
  • Daniel Harvey, 38, condemned the driver of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage 
  • He added even if the owner was disabled, they should have had a blue badge
  • Daniel said he’d seen ‘expensive cars in disabled bays’ often before 

A father whose son uses a wheelchair has slammed the driver of a £100,000 Aston Martin supercar for parking in a disabled bay and blocking their way.

Daniel Harvey, 38, was with his partner and six year-old son when he tried to park in the Mere Green area of Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, on June 18.

But the disabled space they tried to use had already been taken by a light blue Aston Martin V8 Vantage worth in the region of £100,000.

The high-end car was parked half in and half out of the spot, blocking the family from getting in. 

The £100,000 light blue Aston Martin Vantage parked outside the Poundland shop in Birmingham – overlapping with the disabled spot and stopping Daniel Harvey, 38, and his family from parking

Daniel Harvey said he was angered the driver, who had not used a blue badge to indicate they were entitled to use the space, had left their car there.

The furious father said it prevented him from taking his son to a cafe and meant the family left the area early frustrated by the incident.

Mr Harvey said: ‘It was around midday and we had gone to collect a few things and grab a coffee. To do that we needed to take my son’s wheelchair out of the car.

‘The disabled bays are bigger for a variety of reasons. He doesn’t do very well just sticking in one place. He likes moving around or being pushed around.

‘At that point my partner had already gone off to get some of the things we wanted while I waited to see if a space was available.

‘We waited for 20 minutes and he started to get agitated in the car so we had to give up. I said: ‘Let’s just move on with the rest of the day.”

Mr Harvey, who drives a Mercedes B Class car, continued: ‘At the end of the day the main reason I put the post up was to maybe make that individual see it and think twice about doing it again. Maybe they don’t get it. Maybe they don’t know?

‘Unless you live it you don’t know what it’s like. They may think it’s ‘just five minutes’ or ‘just 10 minutes’ but it stopped us doing what we wanted to do.

The disabled space in North Birmingham gives people with access needs a route to the nearby shops and cafes, but the Harvey family had to take a longer way around because of the Aston Martin's parking

The disabled space in North Birmingham gives people with access needs a route to the nearby shops and cafes, but the Harvey family had to take a longer way around because of the Aston Martin’s parking 

‘I knew if that slip road was full the Mulberry Walk [Shopping Centre] would be blocked. And I didn’t go to Sainsbury’s car park as it’s further away and we planned to get a few items and a coffee and something to eat for my son.’

Mr Harvey added: ‘I know it’s a bit of stereotyping but you tend to see it when you’re at the supermarkets or other places. You see nicer cars, the really expensive cars in disabled bays.

‘The only thing I can think is either they can’t park their car in a smaller bay or they don’t want to get their car scratched. But if they experienced the life of a disabled person or somebody who cares for them they would probably think twice about it.’

And asked whether it could have been the Aston Martin forgetting their disabled badge, Mr Harvey had no sympathy.

Mr Harvey said: ‘If they had a badge and had forgotten it they have got two options.

‘One is to go home and get it. Or they can use a standard parking space. Without the badge a parking warden can ticket them.’