A DRIVER has slammed a council after he was fined more than £200 for stopping in a yellow box – claiming he was cut up.
Frank Thomson had been travelling over the junction in Bexley, South East London, when another car pulled out in front of him and forced him to stop.
He claims that he never received the £60 fine after the incident in October, and thought nothing of it as he had to stop or risk crashing.
But he was furious after getting the increased fine of £204 in the post in December, after not paying the original fine.
He told NewsShopper: “I wasn’t even in the area for a long time, maximum seven to eight seconds.
“If I was in there for a stupid amount of time or done something at my own fault then it’s fair enough and I'll pay the fine.
“But I’m having to pay for someone else’s mistakes.”
“They were just messing me about after trying to speak to them and get them to hear what I'm trying to explain.
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“I hated not being able to talk to someone who can be related 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 even made the process longer.”
He contacted Bexley Council to complain about the situation, but was left feeling “ignored” after not being able to get through to an operator.
Frank said that he was simply trying to “fight for what is right” and has decided to pay the fine so it doesn’t increase further.
But he still believes that he was in the right and should have not "paid for a mistake caused by someone else".
He wants a refund from Bexley Parking Service, but has agreed that he will pay the original sum of £60 and just wants them to cover the rest.
A spokesman for Bexley Council said: "Frank Thomson can 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 penalty charges when the case is live.
"Any documents or responses that are sent to motorists give details of the next available options in the statutory process.
"It is up to the motorist to state why they believe a PCN should be cancelled.
"This could include a claim that the charge is incorrect, and they are given several opportunities to state their case."
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