Driver paying out more than £1,000 for Lewisham low traffic neighbourhood tickets sent to wrong address

A driver has had demands for escalating fines sent to both his new and then his old address within days of each other.

Mike Jones, from Lee High Road, is appealing against more than £1,000 in penalty charge notices (PCN) because they were sent to the wrong addresses – and after the 28 days allowed for him to appeal.

Mike Jones and his wife Karolina Gylyte

His latest PCN, for £195 dated 11 December, came weeks after he notified Lewisham council he had moved address – and dated after they sent a letter to his new address.

A Lewisham spokesman  said: “Legislation clearly requires Local Authorities to send PCNs to the registered keeper of the vehicle and at the address supplied by the DVLA.

As such, it is incumbent on the registered keeper to inform DVLA of the change of address and/or arrange a re-delivery of the post.

“As part of the Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme, we aim to achieve traffic reduction, road safety and improved air quality, by encouraging as many trips as possible to be made by walking and cycling.

“We have installed cameras at locations that are not physically closed and have been issuing fines to drivers which contravene these measures. Cameras have been introduced so that permitted vehicles such as emergency services vehicles and buses are able to drive down these roads unrestricted by barriers.

 “All penalty charge notices (PCNs) that have been issued to date are enforceable under the London Local Authority and Transport of London Act 2003. However, anyone may appeal their notice under the statutory appeals process outlined in the PCN.

“The sole reason for introducing enforcement cameras is to ensure that the measures are adhered to. Under current legislation (the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Section 55) any surplus raised can only be spent on transport related schemes which are specified in the legislation. It should be noted that since enforcement began at the camera enforced modal filter locations, there has been a 91% drop in contraventions.”

 


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