War hero who lost legs in blast fined for parking in disabled bay

War hero, 36, who lost both his legs in Afghanistan bomb blast is fined £60 for parking in disabled bay while waiting for a new blue badge

  • Tyler Christopher was fined while asleep in his car where wheelchair was visible
  • The 36-year-old lost both his legs during a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2009
  • Tyler, a Team GB captain, appealed the fine but the decision was upheld at court 

A war hero who lost both his legs after a bomb blast in Afghanistan has been fined for parking in a disabled bay.

Ex-Lance Corporal Tyler Christopher was handed the parking ticket while he was sleeping in his car at a Sheffield sporting event but says his prosthetic legs were clearly visible in the footwell of his vehicle.

Tyler’s blue badge which enables him to park in a disabled bay was not on display because it was being renewed. 

Tyler Christopher, who lost his legs serving in Afghanistan, says he was ordered to pay £120 after he was fined for parking in a disabled bay because his blue badge was being renewed

Tyler lost his legs during a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2009 and was taking a nap in his modified BMW when he was fined by Vehicle Control Services and initially told to pay £60

He told the Sun: ‘The warden must have been really sneaky to do it all while I was sleeping.

‘He never put a ticket on the windscreen because I would have woken up and I would have explained that I didn’t have my Blue Badge with me because it was being renewed.’

Tyler appealed the fine – which was issued by Vehicle Control Services – but it was upheld by a Carmarthen District Court and he was forced to pay an increased amount of £120, according to the Sun.

Tyler, who lost his legs while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, was taking a nap in his modified BMW with his head and shoulders visible between the two front seats.

The veteran, who is also captain of Team GB’s para-ice hockey squad said his wheelchair could be seen in the back of the car.

Vehicle Control Services have been contacted for comment. 

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