I heard this on KMFM this morning.
Sevenoaks Council have fined a taxi driver for parking in the designated taxi zones and helping a partially blind lady across the street and to a shop. The driver was apparently gone for no longer than 10 minutes and came back to a hefty fine. On appeal the council refused to revoke it and said "Drivers cannot leave their cars for ANY reason".
Now don't get me wrong - parking restrictions have to exist in some places, but aren't these kind of rules supposed to help the 'flow' of our society, so nobody is restricted from travelling or in any danger? How in the name of god is fining people doing 'random acts of kindness' benefiting the borough the rules are there to serve?
When I sometimes do voluntary driving I'm told that stopping outside Age Concern to pick up an old lady in a wheelchair WILL result in a fine and there's no way around it.
Makes my blood boil!