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Couple hit with $120 fine while giving birth

Mum and daughter play at home. Picture: 9News
Mum and daughter play at home. Picture: 9News

A young couple have spoken of their shock at receiving a parking fine while giving birth.

Greg Mullins and Carly Earl were slapped with a $120 fine for exceeding the parking time limit by just 12 minutes after driving to a Sydney hospital for the birth of their daughter Hazel.

The Marrickville couple contested the fine, thinking they had a reasonable excuse but weeks later they were shocked to find the fine would not be cancelled.

“We figured it was laughable. We thought there was absolutely no way that a contested fine around someone going through labour was ever going to be rejected,” Carly told 9News.

Sydney Parking
The couple were shocked to receive the fine given the circumstances. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles
Baby Hazel napping at home after mum and dad copped a fine. Picture: 9News
Baby Hazel napping at home after mum and dad copped a fine. Picture: 9News
Carly said the incident was 'laughable'. Picture: 9News
Carly said the incident was 'laughable'. Picture: 9News

“We acknowledge your comments that your wife had been in labour and you had been unable to leave to pay for additional parking, however we are unable to cancel the fine,” Revenue NSW told the couple in a letter.

The couple were left stunned by the letter.

“There is no person on the face of the planet who could imagine their partner excusing themselves to go and move their car during that situation,” Carly said.

Mum and daughter play at home. Picture: 9News
Mum and daughter play at home with the situation finally resolved. Picture: 9News

She said about the time the fine was issued she was either in the late stages of labour or would have been giving birth.

Revenue NSW subsequently left the couple a voicemail apologising before revoking the fine, but allegedly only after the story gained media attention.

A spokesperson for Revenue NSW refused to comment on the specifics of the incident when approached by NCA NewsWire.

“People are encouraged to contact Revenue NSW if they believe a fine has been issued incorrectly or should be considered for a review,” the spokesperson said.

“If someone believes their review has been rejected unfairly, Revenue NSW encourages them to contact the agency about their concerns.”