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

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

A new survey suggests more than half of us only keep the landline in order to access broadband, and don’t use the traditional home phone.

Read more

More than seven months after the start of the trial, Oscar Pistorius is jailed.

Read more

The Duchess of Cambridge didn’t look like she was enjoying her first public appearance in two months.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

More than seven months after the start of the trial, Oscar Pistorius is jailed.

The Duchess of Cambridge didn’t look like she was enjoying her first public appearance in two months.

And you could win the chance to go!

The Ambassador of Argentina has demanded an apology from the BBC over the Top Gear filming furore in the country,

Quirky London