A MAN was stunned when he received a £130 parking ticket for a place he had NEVER been to.
Jas Singh, from Ilford, was fined by Haringey Council, but he soon realized the ticket was for the OTHER side of the road.
The father went to buy groceries as he parked his car on Green Lanes, North London – one of the longest streets in the capital.
Weeks later, he received a parking penalty in the post – which at first he believed he deserved innocently.
The picture of the offending ticket looked like his car, and it was on the same street he had parked the day before.
He was told he would have to go to court and the bailiff would come to his home if he did not pay the owner’s £130 parking fine.
But he quickly realized his license plate had actually been copied – because he hadn’t parked the car where he was getting a penalty.
The car listed on the ticket was actually parked on the opposite side of the street where he had stopped to get his groceries.
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But the claim wasn’t good enough to turn his ticket over – and he was still forced to pay.
And Mr Singh, who was unemployed at the time, would be forced to pay a hefty fine if he failed to notice a small detail.
His license plate says GB on the registration mark – but the license plate in the penalty photo does not.
And thanks to the slight difference, Mr. Singh ended up doing well.
The father is now urging others to complain about unfair parking fines so they don’t get caught like he almost happened.
He told The Sun Online: “It’s so common, it’s horrible, someone needs to do something about it.
“In 2018, I was driving to a store to buy groceries, when I saw someone trying to take a picture of my car.
“After a month, I received a ticket.
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“When I looked at it, it said it was on the Green Lane, but on the other side of the road.
“Suddenly I thought, ‘Oh my, this isn’t the side where I parked. That’s not my car.’
“But I’m shocked. I don’t know what to do.”
Nearly two million parking fines were handed out by private firms between April and June 2021 – and Britons have been urged to appeal as they feel the penalty is unfair.
When he realized he had been unjustly fined, Mr Singh contacted the advocacy app Azolvur, who helped him with his appeal.
Experts took a look at his parking ticket and number plate – and they quickly spotted the tortuous difference.
Mr. Singh added: “My car has GB on it, but the one on the ticket doesn’t have it.
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“It was the same car, the same make, and the shocking thing was it was in the same locality.
“They helped me appeal, and in the end they canceled the ticket. At first the fine was £65, then it turned into £130.
“Then they started sending letters threatening to send a bailiff to my house. I don’t want people knocking on my door, that’s really scary.”
Giving advice to others, he added: “Fight for it. Most of us don’t know about the law. Councils don’t listen to kindly and nice words.”
Parking law expert Shaf Jade, who helped fight clone parking fines, says the challenge “happens a lot” in London.
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He said: “The customer’s car and license plate have been copied. This is happening a lot in London and motorists should be careful.
“At least when a ticket like this is issued, motorists are aware of a much larger problem.”
Mr. Jade, who founded Azolvur app, says: “There were 5.2 million parking tickets issued across London between 2020 and 2021.
“Only 0.6% of those tickets were appealed, but 40% of the appealed tickets were withdrawn or discounted.
“The problem is not the parking fine, the problem is not appealing it.
“That encouraged local councils and they started looking for a new hotspot to issue more tickets.”
Haringey Council has been contacted for comment.
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