I do agree it’s not the hospital’s fault. On the other hand, it might be worth letting them know, as presumably, they do have a say in what third party contractors get up to on site, especially if it’s not only to the detriment of patients, but to a particular group of patients - namely disabled ones.
It’s ridiculous that they should have to phone in their “claim” to have the right to park there, within 24 hours, or face a penalty.
I’m not a driver, so my problem will eventually be getting to the hospital at all - not parking fines - but I do have a tendency both to put off or forget phone calls AND to get stressed about daft things, so having to make a call within 24 hours or face a fine would not be good for me at all. Plus I’m always knackered after visiting the hospital - even if I’m not having anything done - so the following 24 hours are quite likely to be “sub-optimal” functioning, when I might not get things done that I otherwise do.
Would hate to have this extra bit of bureaucracy to complete.
I think the whole hospital parking thing is a racket. When we lost my dad, the hospice for end-of-life care was situated within the hospital grounds, and there were no parking concessions (either reserved places OR fee concessions), even for people who might be visiting their dying relative for literally the last time. On top of all the trauma of knowing you’re going to lose someone, you’ve got to drive round and round the grounds, looking for somewhere to park, and eventually stop miles away, and have to walk all the way back to where they are.
I do understand that nobody is at a hospital “for fun”, but there should be some sort of precedence for people who are either disabled themselves, or visiting someone whose condition is critical or terminal. You don’t want or need a half hour search for a parking place, on what may turn out to be the last time you ever see your dad. And you certainly don’t expect to get fined, if you’re eventually forced to leave the car somewhere you really shouldn’t, because there was no other place to put it.