A frustrated father has hit back at a local council after being fined £650 for driving in front of his own house.
Abdul Noormohamed, 39, has already received five tickets to enter a designated school street zone during the restricted hours.
The father says he received the fines despite registering his car and van TWICE after the scheme’s initial trial period in 2020.
Abdul, who lives with his family in Harrow, north-west London, was forced to travel a long way from work to avoid being caught on camera.
And now he feels like he’s “living in a prison” on his own street after being isolated by the new street rules.
Speak with My London, Abdul said, “I don’t understand what’s going on. They’re sending fines to someone living in the zone, sure you can see that’s not right if we’re supposed to be exempt?
“My head is spinning, it has caused so much extra effort and stress. We can’t have visitors, we don’t get deliveries. It’s got to the point now that we’re afraid to go out on the streets.
“It’s like being a prisoner in your own home. I’m usually not one to complain – sometimes it’s just easier to pay the fine. But that’s just crazy.”
Abdul says he has made repeated attempts to contact the council after being threatened with court action over his refusal to pay the fines.
He added that the matter has even started to affect his family life as relatives are afraid to visit him due to the strict rules.
Describing his ability to host large celebrations, Abdul said: “My house is usually very active, my door is always open.
“I’d have people coming and going every day, but I can’t anymore because they’re afraid of being fined.”
“What should we tell the people? That they can’t come to my house? That they fight for a parking spot somewhere else and then have to walk?”
The father now believes the council is simply moving pollution to other roads, confusing motorists unfamiliar with the area.
The school street system first came into effect to limit drop-off and pick-up times near schools at peak times.
This came despite reported opposition in the area to other motoring measures such as pop-up bike lanes and low-traffic neighborhoods.
In response to Abdul’s concerns, a Harrow Council spokesman said: “We are aware of this case and are working with the resident to help resolve the issue.”
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