Abbey Wood commuter with £0 parking ticket gets chased up for non-existent fine

News Shopper: Josh Woodley was fined £0 despite having paid to park Josh Woodley was fined £0 despite having paid to park

A BEMUSED Abbey Wood commuter was wrongly slapped with a £0 parking ticket - then chased up for the non-existent fine weeks later.

Josh Woodley, 40, had to laugh because her silver Ford Focus was ticketed in New Road, Abbey Wood, despite her having paid £3.80 to park via text.

The garment technologist thought nothing more of it until she received a letter from Bexley Council on January 15 demanding she pay her £0 fine.

The mother-of-one says she only parked where she did before heading to Abbey Wood to station catch a train to work on November 27, because the Crossrail development has made it difficult for commuters to find spaces.

She told News Shopper: "I got back to my car at about 7.30pm to find a yellow envelope stuck to my windscreen.

"At first I was furious because I knew I had paid but when I actually looked at it, it had ‘no pounds, no pence’ on it.

"There is a part of me that wants to send a cheque to them for no pounds, no pence but I don’t want to waste a stamp."

Mrs Woodley, of Milford Close, Abbey Wood, added: "There’s obviously nothing in their computer system which recognised there was a fault there.

"For me it’s not a major issue – it’s actually hilarious.

"I don’t know how much it costs them to post these things – they could be better using the funds for more important things."

Contractors NSL employ parking attendants on behalf of Bexley Council.

A council spokeswoman said: "A new parking scheme was operating in New Road, Abbey Wood, and as standard practice, warning notices carrying a zero charge were being issued at that time.

"However, in this particular instance, our records confirm a parking session had been arranged and paid for via mobile phone.

"Therefore, the notice was issued in error and has been closed. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused to the motorist.

"Due to the error, a penalty will be imposed against NSL in accordance with our contract provisions with them."

An NSL spokeswoman said: "Mistakes are rare but sometimes they are made and we are penalised for them."

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11:44am Tue 28 Jan 14

B L Zeebub says...

Well how much did that cost to not enforce !
Well how much did that cost to not enforce ! B L Zeebub
  • Score: 10

12:09pm Tue 28 Jan 14

the wall says...

What a waste of time and money for everyone.
What a waste of time and money for everyone. the wall
  • Score: -28

12:28pm Tue 28 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

Don't get me started!
Don't get me started! white rabbit9
  • Score: -7

12:31pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Jeffoy says...

Who names their daughter Josh? Did they get confused when the unbilical cord when she first popped out?
Who names their daughter Josh? Did they get confused when the unbilical cord when she first popped out? Jeffoy
  • Score: 12

12:46pm Tue 28 Jan 14

the wall says...

Jeffoy wrote:
Who names their daughter Josh? Did they get confused when the unbilical cord when she first popped out?
Short for Jocelyn, maybe it's you that's confused.
[quote][p][bold]Jeffoy[/bold] wrote: Who names their daughter Josh? Did they get confused when the unbilical cord when she first popped out?[/p][/quote]Short for Jocelyn, maybe it's you that's confused. the wall
  • Score: -33

1:16pm Tue 28 Jan 14

PaulErith says...

More to the point, what's a "garment technologist" :)
More to the point, what's a "garment technologist" :) PaulErith
  • Score: 13

2:23pm Tue 28 Jan 14

rojo174 says...

PaulErith wrote:
More to the point, what's a "garment technologist" :)
It' someone that hangs clothes up
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: More to the point, what's a "garment technologist" :)[/p][/quote]It' someone that hangs clothes up rojo174
  • Score: 10

7:06pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Stop picking on the poor woman. You're only doing it cause she is a ginga.

THAnk yoU
Stop picking on the poor woman. You're only doing it cause she is a ginga. THAnk yoU Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 8

2:49pm Wed 29 Jan 14

peaceman99 says...

"A new parking scheme was operating in New Road, Abbey Wood, and as standard practice, warning notices carrying a zero charge were being issued at that time.

"However, in this particular instance, our records confirm a parking session had been arranged and paid for via mobile phone. "

If the above is true then she didn't need to pay and the council should refund her.
"A new parking scheme was operating in New Road, Abbey Wood, and as standard practice, warning notices carrying a zero charge were being issued at that time. "However, in this particular instance, our records confirm a parking session had been arranged and paid for via mobile phone. " If the above is true then she didn't need to pay and the council should refund her. peaceman99
  • Score: 9

9:06pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Erithnews says...

40?! Must have had a hard life!
40?! Must have had a hard life! Erithnews
  • Score: -11

1:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Bimembris says...

Erithnews wrote:
40?! Must have had a hard life!
Why dont't you download a selfie and your age and find out how perfect everyone thinks you look?
[quote][p][bold]Erithnews[/bold] wrote: 40?! Must have had a hard life![/p][/quote]Why dont't you download a selfie and your age and find out how perfect everyone thinks you look? Bimembris
  • Score: 1

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