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Blood pressure excuse avoids parking slapdown
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Blood pressure excuse avoids parking slapdown

The Local · 7 Mar 2016, 15:44

Published: 07 Mar 2016 15:44 GMT+01:00

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According to officials the man has twice been sent to jail for non-payment of fines, but on both occasions he was instantly freed by prison officials because he has high blood pressure.

On each occasion he was released with his full driving licence and has continued to pile up the offences, so far being caught an incredible 563 times.

Under Austrian law, failure to pay parking fines means an alternative of time in jail, which needs to be served in six-week periods with a six-month break in between. That would mean 10 years in total in jail if the sentence could be enforced.

In addition the man has been running up the tickets for so long now that 25,000 worth of the fines are now out of date and will never have to be paid.

The money owed includes the costs of hiring bailiffs to go round and try and recover the fines.

Local councillor for traffic affairs Mario Eustacchio from the Austrian Freedom Party said: "This is a classic example of abuse of process. At the very least they should take away the man's car, even if that's only worth €50. That would at least stop him committing further offences."

And it is not an isolated incident in the Alpine Republic, with at least one other case in the region of a man with no driving licence running up 80,000 EUR of parking fines, and his son who has incurred 20,000 EUR.

Story courtesy of Central European News

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