Wondered if anybody can give me some advice. I’ve recenty moved flat and half a mile from home there’s a traffic bollard on Queenstown road with an arrow pointing left. Hands up, I’ve gone round it on the right a few times when its been blocked with traffic on the left, thinking nothing of it given the road was clear in the other direction and there is no pedestrian hazard.
Then about two weeks ago I got a penalty notice from the council saying I’d been monitored on CCTV going round it about seven weeks ago and owed them £60 as a result. Seething, I paid it, depite it just being a revenue raising operation, I’d done wrong so had to face the consequences on that occasion. Of course I haven’t gone round the bollard since. I also then noticed someone had scribbled on the bollard ‘Bikers, beware CCTV scam here’, doubtless in a similar situation to me.
A few days later, I get another notice through, same thing, different day. I couldn’t believe it, but rightly or wrongly paid up again - £120 down the drain so far. Then today, I get two more notices through on the same day, again ‘offence’ commited on different days some 5 - 6 weeks back. Its now ridiculous, thats four time and a total fine cost of £240. My point is, I’ve done wrong, I’ve been fined, I’ve corrected my behavour, yet still the fines comes through the door, its a blatant money making scheme and their laughing as they rake it in.
So, can I lodge any kind of appeal? the costs are getting ridiculous and I’m being fined over and again depsite not going round the bollard since the first notice came through. It completely unethical - has anybody got any idea how I can try to plead for some common sense? Surely I don’t just keep mindlessly coughing up until the letters stop??