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MSE News: Bogus photo used to slap motorist with parking fine

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This is the discussion thread for the following MSE News Story:

"A council tried to fine a motorist £120 for parking illegally by using a photograph of a different car to prove his 'guilt'..."
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  • peter_the_piper
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    "Human Error" my eye!!! Scamden at it again.
    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.
  • Paulgonnabedebtfree
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    Human error. Like f*** .
    I wonder what court us plebs would end up in if we made a "human error."
  • vikingaero
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    Quite an astonishingly arrogant response from Camden. I really can't understand why events like this are not blackmail, theft or extortion - except I do understand because Councils have no sense of responsibility or morals. If I sent a false ticket to someone I would rightly be charged with one of the above offences by the Police. If the Council do so they are allowed to cancel the ticket and face no penalty or sanction.
    The man without a signature.
  • Crabman
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    Another thread on the Parking Fines board regarding a Camden area PCN:
    Camden wrote:
    “One of our supervisors has now visited the location and agrees that the road and sign markings are unclear, We have therefore cancelled the penalty charge notice and apologise for any inconvenience”

    When asked by the recipient of the PCN whether they'd contact other recipients of PCNs at the same location:
    Camden wrote:
    “up to each individual driver to make a claim if they felt that the PCN was issued unfairly”

    *insert sarcastic smiley here*

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2665159
  • rickbonar
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    I can't I'm say I'm surprised at all by this.

    Originally the idea of parking regulation was to ensure proper traffic flow and sort facility to enable people to park fairly with consideration to others.
    However the greedy councils have made it into a legal way of fleecing the public purely to generate as much revenue as possible to prop up the already bloated pay packets of the senior council officials.

    Remember the famous story last year where the lady parked her car in the morning with no yellow lines in sight to come back after work to find the council had hoisted her car painted double yellows underneath replaced the car back in the same place then placed a pcn on her car.

    What's has this behaviour got to do with regulating traffic flow?

    Now I'd like to invite other readers here at money saver to put forward more various crafty dodges like the two above that these traffic wardens/councils are pulling to con you.
  • rickbonar
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    I forgot to ask whether the Moneysaver worker has found out whether the warden was sacked or is being done for fraud on this?
  • Arthurian
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    Crumbs. A similar thing happened to me a couple of years ago, from the same area, Camden. Mayor of London (well, his office) wrote with a Penalty Charge Notice to say I had turned the wrong way at a junction, with a photo of a dark blue Golf. Mine is silver, and was 100 miles away. In my case, when I queried it, with proof, it seems someone had cloned my registration number.
  • Sarah-Louise_2
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    Arthurian wrote: »
    Crumbs. A similar thing happened to me a couple of years ago, from the same area, Camden. Mayor of London (well, his office) wrote with a Penalty Charge Notice to say I had turned the wrong way at a junction, with a photo of a blue Golf. Mine is silver, and was 100 miles away. In my case, when I queried it, with proof, it seems someone had cloned my registration number.

    Going through a similar thing, the penalty notice dropped through my letter box this morning funnily enough.

    My car was 'parked illegally' in Lambeth in London, I know very little about London, I can't even tell you where Lambeth is, never mind parking there!
    So I rang them and asked the make and model of the car and she replied it was a green Volvo. I drive a green Audi.

    I've just been asked to email my V5 in to prove the make and model of the car and I'm hoping that will be the end of it. I haven't got £80 to give them for something I haven't done! :mad:
  • flyingscotno1
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    My head wonders how this happened- is it a cloned numberplate? Or did the attendant note his plate down some hours early give him a ticket and just used any old Golf to justify it?

    Problem with 'targets' is that if you need 50 more cars to get an extra £100 that month, what are you going to do when your bills need paying...
  • ralph_wilson
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    Sue them into the ground for fraud and/or haressment! Regardless of what the appology said, this was was a deliberate attempt using a false instrument (the alleged photograph) to make this guy pay for something he did not do. Activiate the MSE lawyers - This council would have no compunction in sueing any of us.
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