AN OAP successfully challenged the council over his bus lane fine – but was then asked to pay THREE times the original fee.
Roger Maplethorpe, 79, said he was forced to park in the bus lane “for five minutes” while choosing a new TV because the store wasn’t delivering.
Roger from Yardley, Birmingham, told Birmingham Live He cannot carry heavy packages to a nearby parking lot due to his old age, and a taxi is unlikely because of the size of the phone.
OAP, who has worked for Birmingham City Council for 25 years – even handling driving fines himself – drove up to Richer Sounds in Solihull town center last October.
The tech store is on Station Street – a bus stop that doesn’t allow cars.
He said there was nowhere to pick up packages in the back of the store, and so he briefly stopped outside to load his phone into his Mini.
But he was later fined.
The former Royal Navy soldier said: “I have written to them to explain it all but I have not received any pleasure from them.”
Despite his objections, Birmingham City Council told him the lane had been “clearly marked”.
Roger then took the matter to an independent traffic court, but after an online hearing was scheduled, he was told by the board that the fine had been dropped because the board failed to issue it. any proof.
The 79-year-old confided: “They never bothered to reciprocate.”
But he was later told his fine had been tripled to £90 for “late payment”.
A council spokesman has since apologized to Roger and told him to ignore the bill.
Roger said during the ordeal he found it difficult to speak directly to council staff.
He claims he has visited their office twice but was turned away both times due to Covid.
He said: “I remember I had to deal with these cases. We tried to be fair and understanding. It’s frustrating that now they won’t see you or hear you.”
Roger added: “If you go and meet someone, they’re not going to come and see you. They’re using Covid as an excuse right now.”
He also called on the council to “treat everyone fairly”.
He said: “There are two sides to every story. I’m sure people try and let go, but you have to be fair to everyone.”
A spokesman for Solihull Council said: “We would like to apologize to Mr. Maplethorpe. His fine was canceled by the court but unfortunately we had a technical problem and the fine process was not canceled as it should have been.
“We have now rectified the situation, Mr Maplethorpe can waive the fine and he will receive confirmation of this in writing along with our apology.
“However, we would like to add that people should not drive or park in the bus lane on Poplar Road, Solihull, but use available street parking or local parking lots. to pick up from local stores.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8301321/challenged-council-over-bus-lane-fine-oap/ I challenged the council on my bus lane fine and won