A DRIVEN has slammed into council after he was fined more than £200 for stopping in a yellow box – claiming he was slashed.
Frank Thomson was going through a junction in Bexley, South East London, when another car sped up in front of him and forced him to stop.
He claims he never received his £60 fine following the October incident and thinks nothing of it because he has to stop or risk crashing.
But he was furious after receiving the fine increased to £204 in the post in December, after failing to pay the original fine.
He told NewsShopper: “I haven’t even been in the area for a long time, seven to eight seconds at most.
“If I stay there for a stupid amount of time or do something through my own fault that is fair enough and I will pay the fine.
“But I’m paying the price for other people’s mistakes.”
“They just confused me after trying to talk to them and get them to hear what I was trying to explain.
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“I hate not being able to talk to someone who can relate to me on a human level and understand what I’m trying to explain.
“I was made to talk to an automated robot, so I had to communicate via email, which made the process even longer.”
He contacted Bexley Council to complain about the situation, but felt “ignored” after being unable to contact the operator.
Frank says he was simply trying to “fight for what is right” and has decided to pay the fine so it doesn’t increase any further.
But he still believes that he was right and should not have to “pay for the mistake made by others”.
He wanted a refund from Bexley Parking, but agreed he would pay the initial £60 and just want them to cover the rest.
A Bexley Council spokesman said: “Frank Thomson was able to view the photographic and video evidence we relied on using the link in the notice that was sent to them.
“We do not comment on individual fines when the incident is broadcast live.
“Any document or response sent to a driver provides details about the options available further in the statutory process.
“Drivers must state why they believe a PCN should be cancelled.
“This could include complaints that the charge was incorrect and that they have some opportunity to present their case.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8474607/fined-stopping-yellow-box-no-choice/ I was fined £200 for stopping in the yellow box even though I had no other choice