WATCH: Tel Aviv paints handicapped space around car, then tows it.

Camera show TA municipality workers painting handicapped markings around parked car & then towing it away.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, BEN HARTMAN

 

Security cameras in Tel Aviv documented a Tel Aviv municipality worker painting handicapped space markings around a vehicle parked legally in the city, resulting in the car being towed shortly afterward, to its owner’s chagrin.

Car towed from handicapped space

Car towed from handicapped space – Photo: Screenshot

The security camera video was obtained by the vehicle’s angry owner as part of her efforts to fight the fine she was assessed for parking in a handicapped space. The video and story of Tel Aviv resident Hila’s fight against the city went viral in Israel on Tuesday.

Hila complained to the Tel Aviv Municipality with the video in hand and the fine against her was rescinded.

She wrote on her Facebook page that she parked legally in a blue-and-white marked parking space with the proper area registration in an area she had parked in regularly for the last year-and-a-half.

“The big surprise that awaited me broke all the records and I couldn’t believe my eyes – my car was not in the space I parked it in and in its place was a parking space for the disabled.” She added that in addition to being towed she was fined NIS 1000, “the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

In response to the incident, the Tel Aviv Municipality stated, “This was a severe mistake and a case of incompetence that the city of Tel Aviv does not accept – We apologize for the distress caused by the incident and we are examining the case so that such incidents do not happen again in the future.

“The contractor who arrived at the scene marked it as a handicapped spot, but, contrary to procedure did not notify the city inspection department. Three days before the incident a sign was posted at the site stating that it is a handicapped parking spot.

“When the resident arrived at the city’s parking department yesterday her fine was immediately canceled and she was not required to pay the towing fee.”

 

View original Jerusalem Post publication at: http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=302190

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