A paraplegic man given a ticket for parking in a disabled car park is taking authorities to court after a five-year battle to get them to drop the fine.
Wheelchair-bound Melburnian Ben Williams found the $141 fine on his car windscreen after parking in a disabled car park in Kings Way, Glen Waverley, in September 2012.
The 49-year-old, who was paralysed in a car crash when he was aged 13 months, said he had a disabled parking permit, but the sticker wasn't displayed.
"Fair enough the policeman has given it. I don't have a query or problem with that. But the sticker may have fallen down; it's always in my car, I don't have another car," Mr Williams said.
He said he went to the Glen Waverley police station and he was told to write a letter to request the fine be revoked, which Mr Williams said he did.
Instead of dropping the fine, the Sheriff's Office eventually issued a warrant.
Mr Williams ??? who has worked with Telstra for more than 20 years ??? said he has supplied a copy of his disabled parking permit to both the Sheriff's Office and infringements office four times since.
"They haven't accepted it," he said.
"It's just insane. I've supplied them with a copy of it, it should be: 'Ok, thanks very much, see you later'."
He said at one point he was told if he didn't pay the fine, his car registration wouldn't be renewed.
"So, I supplied it to them again and they didn't accept it so it was like: 'Looks like we're going to court'," he said.
Mr Williams will now make an application to revoke the fine in the Ringwood Magistrates Court on Friday.
Victoria Police ??? who have discretionary powers to revoke fines ??? wouldn't comment because of the impending court case, but even they said "it shouldn't have gotten to this point".
They say Mr Williams may not have asked for a review soon enough, meaning the issue would be elevated to the Sheriff's Office.
Mr Williams said it could be a lesson for all councils to adopt a permit that hangs off the rear-view mirror, rather than what he calls his "piece of cheese"; a permit that can be stuck on a windscreen.
"These permits are designed for people like me and there's going to be occasions when the sticker might fall off," he said.