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Perth mother's $1,000 parking fine waived

AAP logoAAP 5/08/2016 Rebecca Gredley

A $1000 hospital car park fine given to a mother who rushed her son to emergency has been deemed too high by West Australian Health Minister John Day, even though he approved regulations to increase penalties.

Monique Garcia took her 13-year-old son, who was born with half a heart and was suffering chest pain, to Perth's Princess Margaret Hospital on Wednesday.

She spent two hours with her son in emergency and when they returned to their car she said she was filled with "absolute dread" when she saw the fine.

"I have hardly any savings, that's going to wipe me out, all because I took my son to get assessed at the hospital," Ms Garcia said.

Tougher parking fines were introduced last month, with the penalty for parking illegally at most public hospitals raised to $1000.

Mr Day told 6PR radio that although he'd signed off on the rule, it was contained within a whole range of regulations and that the specific one in question was not brought to his attention.

Following an outcry over Ms Garcia's fine, Mr Day waived all current infringements and will review the regulations.

If the $1,000 fines are paid within 28 days, there is a reduction to $200.

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