I was fined £540 after driving through the Clean Air Zone

A furious motorist told how he was fined £540 after driving through a Clean Air Zone.

Clive Harvey, 39, destroyed his bank cards after being the victim of an alleged fraud in Birmingham.

Clive Harvey, 39, told how he was fined £540 after driving through a Clean Air Zone


Clive Harvey, 39, told how he was fined £540 after driving through a Clean Air ZoneCredit: BPM

While waiting for a replacement, Clive, who runs an engineering firm, drove around town multiple times over the course of three days.

But he didn’t have a card to pay the £8 a day for highly polluting vehicles.

Clive said he spent four months trying to contact Birmingham City Council bosses to explain his mystery, to no avail.

He said, “They don’t have an answering machine. It just goes straight to a dead line.”

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If Clean Air Zone payments are not made within the 13-day payment window, drivers will be fined £120 – reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.

But – due to the long delay – Clive’s fine has now reached a whopping £540.

He last spoke to the council the week before Easter but was again told nothing could be done.

Clive said: “If you appeal, you lose the rebate.

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“Then it goes up to £180 and if they reject your appeal you have to pay.

“My next stop was to file a freedom of information request and ask for financial numbers.

“I honestly think this is doomed. I feel like the victim of a scam.”

Clive – who went to Birmingham to work with a client – described himself as a “highly professional person” and said he believed other people would have problems.

A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said: “For someone who receives a criminal complaint they can pay the fee or, if they believe it has been wrongly filed, lodge a challenge.

“If someone decides to appeal a fine, they have up to 28 days from the date of issue, and an appeal can be filed online or by mail.

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“In order to make the process as clear and transparent as possible, the fine will include the grounds for a challenge in line with the relevant legislation and the Council has published clear guidance on how to consider any complaints.

“If someone is unhappy with the Council’s decision to dismiss a challenge, there is another right to appeal or challenge a penalty notice at later stages of the process.”

Clive's fine has now reached a whopping £540


Clive’s fine has now reached a whopping £540Credit: BPM I was fined £540 after driving through the Clean Air Zone

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