A disabled woman who parked in William Street for six minutes after she urgently needed to use the toilet was given a parking ticket.
The 51-year-old, who does not wish to be named, suffers from a bowel condition and walks with the aid of a stick.
She had parked her car “half way on a parking space and half way on an unloading bay” on a Saturday between 12.45 and 12.51, displaying two disabled badges.
She said, “I had no option but to park there as I had to use the toilet urgently. There was still enough room for one or two lorries to park and unload, and I couldn’t see any lorries at that time.”
The woman phoned the Department of Regional Development (DRD) to explain her situation but was told that she would have to put her case in writing.
If it fails, she faces having to pay £45 within 14 days or £90 if after that time period.
This is the second time the Portadown woman has fallen foul of the parking rules. On a previous occasion, she was given a ticket after parking for one minute outside a charity shop to drop off donations.
She added, “It is driving people out of Portadown. You can go to Rushmere and get a space for free, without having to worry about parking fines.
“I agree with everything in the paper recently (where former traffic warden Eileen Murtagh was highly critical of the parking policies). They (the DRD) are pushing motorists away.”