Man sits in his car on the back of tow truck for 8 hours to stop it from being towed (video)By Mason White 12:58 PM December 30, 2014
|Matthew Sanders in his car|
By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A man in the United Kingdom, had an 8-hour stand-off with police as they tried to have his car towed.
Matthew Sanders was given a ticket after parking his car in a disabled parking space in the center of Birmingham.
As soon as he spotted an officer writing the ticket, Sanders jumped back into his blue Vauxhall Tigra, to keep it from being towed.
However, despite him being in the car, a tow truck pulled up and attempted to take his car. Sanders refused to get out of his car so that his car can be towed.
The one-man protest lasted for 8 hours, and finally ended around 6:00 p.m., when Sanders won his lengthy battle and his car was released. He will still have to pay the £70 ($108) fine for parking in the handicapped spot.
Despite intensive discussions with the police throughout the day, Sanders, who works a salesman, refused to leave his car, saying that his vehicle was his only means of transportation for work and to drive his young daughter to and from school.
The 34-year-old man of Macclesfield, Cheshire, said that he cannot afford the towing fees and will therefore be unable to get his car back from the impound.
Sanders reportedly intends to sue the City of Birmingham, for loss of income.
A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “This driver parked illegally in a disabled bay without a blue badge. Disabled motorists are entitled to park in designated spaces, and this driver took a much needed space from disabled visitors for an entire morning and wasted the time of officers and the government contracted tow truck workers.”