I was fined nearly £5,000 for leaving my autistic daughter out of school

A DAD has stoned the council as “disgusting” after he was hit with nearly £5,000 in fines for stopping outside a school to release his stepdaughter.

Nick Phipps, 40, dropped the nine-year-old boy at Hylands Primary School, Haver without any problems for months.

Nick was fined 18 times for letting his stepdaughter go to school


Nick was fined 18 times for letting his stepdaughter go to schoolCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk
He only found out after being contacted by debt collection agencies


He only found out after being contacted by debt collection agenciesCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

But he was shocked when he was contacted by a debt collection agency asking him to pay off the fine owed to Having Borough Council.

Nick, from Romford, was horrified to be told he had managed to receive a £4,800 fine after an ANPR camera caught him stopping outside the primary school en route Benjamin Close.

But the council thinks the signs are very clear at the road entrance, and 18 PCNs are valid.

However Nick says he has never received any parking notices and refuses to pay until all of them are mailed to him.

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Nick told The Sun: “My girlfriend was pregnant with our child at the time, so I offered to take her daughter to school and didn’t think about it.

“It was cold, I wasn’t working at the time and it made sense. Most of the area near the school is residential so I think it will be fine.

“I didn’t see any signs of parking or dropping off passengers, and I never received any tickets either so I assumed it was fine.

“I never thought about it at the time, until the debt collection agency contacted me about paying the debt.

“I moved in 2020 and I did not notify the DVLA of my change of address, which I accept that I should have.

“But it’s still a huge shock to be told I’ve received all these fines, especially since I thought I was doing something to help my family.”

Nick contacted the council and two collection agencies to find out what the fine was.

He claims that there are no obvious signs on the road to say you can’t stop to take your kids during school hours.

He added: “Without on-site parking for parents dropping off their kids, I didn’t park in a residential area because I knew it wasn’t allowed.

“But there’s nothing on the road that says you can’t stop or pull over to drop the kids off.

“I think I just got six or seven fines, and then an additional one for not paying them right away so I actually got fired.

“But now I found out its number 18, is a lot of money and a lot of fines to appeal but I will do it.

“I’ve never known anything like this, I think it’s disgusting. The council has said the signs are clear but I clearly don’t see them or I won’t continue to do it.

I didn’t see any signs of parking or dropping off, and I never received any tickets so I assume it’s fine.

Nick Phipps

“There’s nothing legit about what they’re doing, it’s purely a cash cow and I don’t think you should be penalized for sending your kids to school.

“I’m appealing it all but it’s very stressful, and then there’s also the possibility of me getting more fined in the post that I didn’t know about it.”

Councilor Damian White, Having Council Leader, said: “Mr Phipps has breached the School Pathway limit at both Benjamin Close and Salisbury Road on 18 occasions, as of April 26, 2021. The most recent occurred on March 1, 2022.

“All penalties associated with these violations have been forwarded to the address where the vehicle is registered with the DVLA.

“We have advised Mr Phipps that he needs to file Statutory Statements, under the Penalty Fee, if he believes he has not received them.”

“Having Roads programs provide a proactive solution for school communities to tackle air pollution, ill health and road hazards.

“It promotes a healthier lifestyle for school families and a better environment for all by temporarily limiting traffic during drop-off and drop-off times.

“Before introducing the project, we consulted with the school, school family and neighbors and received widespread support, so we put it into practice.

“For the plan to work, we need to keep as many unauthorized vehicles out of the school road zone and all entrances to the School Road area as contracted.”

Nick swore he wouldn't pay for the tickets until he appealed them


Nick swore he wouldn’t pay for the tickets until he appealed themCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk I was fined nearly £5,000 for leaving my autistic daughter out of school

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