A doctor at Mater Dei Hospital is refusing to pay his clamping fee in protest at the lack of parking spaces available at the hospital.
The anonymous specialist anaesthetist told Times of Malta that last month, he went to work at Mater Dei but could not find a parking space, and that this happened frequently. The doctor ended up parking his car alongside a pavement near a zebra crossing to be able to make it to work on time.
Photo source: Times of Malta
Despite having two separate permits that enable him to park in the hospital’s reserved and restricted areas, the doctor stated that they’re always full up.
After his workday came to an end, the doctor found his vehicle clamped with an €80 fine to release it. Unfortunately, he revealed, this wasn’t ‘the first’, as ‘many’ of his ‘colleagues have had their cars clamped more than once’.
His car has been clamped for a month now and he’s since filed a police report. ‘I do not want to pay it’, he remarked, ‘because I believe they don’t have the right to clamp our cars’.
The police later stated that clamping within the state’s hospital grounds is a responsibility of the hospital administration, but the hospital hasn’t spoken about the matter as of yet.
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