A FARMER received 51 fines totaling £6,000 in a single day after repeatedly driving down a residential street.
John Barrett, 54, says he accumulated the charges over a five-month period – but they were all delivered to his door on March 10.
He received a message from shocked wife Lisa, also 54, after more than 50 letters flooded through the letterbox – with fines of £6,350.
Builder John says the fines – which cost £130 each – were imposed because he drives up a residents-only road in Chiswick, west London, on his trips to the gym.
But the father-of-three claims he has a permit allowing his Tesla to use the route without penalty – and the fines were wrongly issued.
Angry, John says he’s been forced to fire off emails to the Hounslow Council that match each letter since they don’t accept a blanket answer.
He said: “It’s ridiculous, no warning or anything. No letter to say you’ve been caught on camera down this road and we don’t think you should be.
“It’s incredible. Imagine if I were someone really vulnerable. Not to mention that my permit allows me to use this road.
“The cost to the taxpayer must have been enormous – each notice includes three screenshots of my car.
“The time it takes them to print out those screenshots and put the letter in the envelope would cost them a fortune.
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“All they had to do was put my registration into their computer and they would see that I had authorization. That took so much of my time.”
John says the transportation system in his area has changed rapidly in recent years, with an increase in roads and bike lanes for local residents.
He believes errors may have occurred because changes were made too quickly and without warning.
John claims he received seven penalties last year for going to the gym and responded to every response saying he had a permit – but never received a response.
He summed up the current situation: “What a waste of money.
“Two out of five people live in poverty here and so many of us are worried about paying our bills right now.
“It’s such a stress and it’s not okay not to warn people and I have 28 days to pay but they have 56 days just to reply to an email.
“It is to be crazy. What do you do that takes you 56 days to write an email? I answer over 50 emails a day.”
It is ridiculous. The cost to the taxpayer must have been enormous
Hounslow Council has since lifted all 51 fines.
A spokesman added: “The car that the PCN is receiving was leased from a leasing company.
“You entered the wrong address details for an address down the street.
“The PCNs were sent to the wrong address. When the resident submitted his residency/permit status via email, an employee canceled his PCNs and sent a letter stating that he needed to apply for his exemption.
“However, this letter was once again sent to the wrong address.
“Then more fines were imposed because they still hadn’t applied for their exemption (since the letter had gone to the wrong address).
“All fines have now been lifted.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8542965/driver-51-fines-residents-only-road/ I was hit with a £6,000 bill after receiving DAY 51 fines for driving down a residents-only road