Top Gear's disabled parking apology

Top Gear's executive producer has issued an apology after Jeremy Clarkson and James May were filmed parking in disabled bays, and insisted that the stars were not to blame for the controversy.

Andy Wilman wrote a written response on the popular BBC motoring show's website after several people complained about scenes in which the two presenters were seen parked in disabled spaces.

He insisted that the programme makers had permission to use the bays for "a quiet spot to film in" and there were three other unused bays for disabled motorists available all the time.

He added: "For those who are cross with us, please direct your anger towards myself and the production team, rather than at Jeremy and James.

"Both presenters expressed deep concern to the film crew and me about using the disabled bays prior to filming, because of the disrespectful impression it would convey.

"They only capitulated when we assured them the parking had been approved by the owner, and that the disabled bay markings would not appear on television.

"This was our fault, not theirs, and we unreservedly apologise to all the viewers we have upset as a consequence."

Just for the record, able-bodied people who park in disabled bays could receive a fine of up to £1,000, which will leave them with considerably less money to pay for car insurance, breakdown cover or any other car-related costs.

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