A mother has been fined £130 after missing a “tiny sign” while taking her daughter to a birthday party.
Katie Pennell, from Sydenham, south London, said she drives along Dermody Road “all the time” – but hasn’t spotted a sign indicating it’s part of a “low-traffic precinct” scheme.
The road was closed off from planters and bollards during the pandemic and recently reopened when restrictions eased.
Katie tells MyLondon: “They put these restrictions in place during Covid to ease traffic and there were things like flower pots and bollards preventing you from going down.
“They’ve taken them away now, so I assumed you could drive them down because it’s just a normal street with no schools or anything.
“The next thing I know I got a fine in the post saying I had to pay £130.”
At one point, Katie was driving down the street every day with no issues and said she was stunned to receive the fine.
“There’s a tiny sign on the street, but it’s not at all clear what it means,” she said.
“I just took my daughter to her birthday party and now I’ve got this massive fine for doing basically nothing.
“I still don’t really know what the reasoning is.”
She said traffic in the area was already something out of a “nightmare” – with the restriction contributing to the gridlock.
In just one year, drivers at Dermody Road have been fined more than 17,500, totaling £2.2million. A man has been fined 58 after unknowingly using the road to deliver groceries to a homeless shelter.
But the local authority has defended the system, which aims to prevent thoroughfares from being used by motorists so that pedestrians and cyclists have priority.
A Lewisham Council spokesman said: “The low-traffic area of Lewisham and Lee Green (LTN) is focused on reducing unnecessary car journeys and eliminating through traffic.
“Although it may take some time for these changes to take effect, over the long term we expect traffic to decrease as people choose to drive less.
“This will free up our roads for essential car journeys, help people walk and cycle more and improve road safety.
“The signs are among the largest and clearest of their kind, accompanied by road markings to improve visibility and this type of sign is commonly used across London.
“We are removing all physical barriers and replacing them with camera-based restrictions, as agreed by Council, to further improve access for emergency services and reduce vandalism and operational costs.
“All barriers are marked with signs that indicate the restrictions.
“The cost of a fine is set by London Councils and money from fines is reinvested back into local communities – helping to fund reduced fares, road and pavement maintenance, improved parking and other initiatives to keep people walking and cycling to support more.
“The number of fines imposed for violating restrictions has reduced as motorists have become more aware of them.
“Road congestion can occur for a number of reasons, including events that are often unplanned and difficult to influence, such as: B. Emergency works and unexpected closures of the Blackwall Tunnel.
“However, the LTN is managed in a way that allows us to be flexible and responsive to incidents affecting routes in the region.
“We continue to monitor and review traffic, speed and air quality in and around the LTN to ensure we can address any issues where possible.”
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