Woman threatened with court action over £0 parking fine

17:32 28 January 2014

Bexley Council in south-east London issued this parking ticket for £0 and threatened the recipient with court after she didn

Bexley Council in south-east London issued this parking ticket for £0 and threatened the recipient with court after she didn't pay it.

Archant

A south London commuter has received letter from her local council threatening legal action if she refuses to pay a parking fine – for £0.

Josh Woodley, 40, paid by text to leave her car in New Road, Abbey Wood, on November 27 and got the train to work as normal.

But when she returned in the evening she found the cheapest parking ticket in history on her windscreen.

Josh, of Milford Close, said she ignored the bizarre fine knowing it was a mistake.

“I was considering writing the council a cheque for £0.00 but I didn’t want to waste the money on a stamp,” she said.

Josh heard no more about it until January 15, when she got a reminder notice from Bexley Council demanding the money be paid within 28 days.

It read: “Steps may be taken to enforce payment including […] a County Court order and the use of bailiffs.”

A council spokesman said both notices were issued by mistake and the “fine” has been cancelled.

She added: “We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused to the motorist.”

It is standard practice to issue £0 tickets as a warning to drivers who would otherwise be fined when new parking schemes are brought in.

They are marked as warning notices and no enforcement letters are sent out.

But in Josh’s case, she had already paid and the ticket was not marked as a warning.

Enforcement contractors NSL will be fined for the error.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Ian Michael Shingler will serve a six-month sentence for child pornography concurrently with a six-year sentence for possessing homemade explosives (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

A Rainham man has been jailed for possession of explosives and child pornography after a bizarre series of events that began when he threatened to shoot himself.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Read more
Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport