KING’S LYNN: Sending in the bailiffs but I still won’t pay fine
An angry motorist is refusing to settle a bill for a parking fine he believes was unjust even though bailiffs will soon be knocking at his door.
Kelvin Wagg, 58, could have initially settled the fine for £35 but after fighting it for 12 months the total has now reached £325 and he is adamant he still will not pay.
Mr Wagg’s latest correspondence with West Norfolk Council said: “ You put the parking muppets in the town and now they picked on the wrong grey-haired old fart.”
Mr Wagg said he was delivering a letter when he left his car on a single yellow line in St James Street, Lynn, in January last year and was issued with a fine.
Mr Wagg, of Saddlebow Road, Lynn, had thought he was entitled to stop there to make a delivery under rules which usually allow vehicles a short stay on a yellow line for loading and unloading.
He is angry because he believes the traffic warden watched him leave his vehicle and did not advise him he was putting himself at risk of a ticket.
He said: “I’m thoroughly disgusted.
“If a police officer saw you doing something potentially illegal they would come and speak to you and you’d have a chance to explain but these guys just slap a bit of paper on your car and it’s tough luck.
“I’m standing up old fashioned values and a bit of common sense when traffic wardens would talk to you.
“If he had spoken to me and told me I wasn’t allowed to stop there I would have moved off and no crime would have been committed.”
Mr Wagg, a farm worker and tractor driver in Ashwicken, missed out on a days pay to attend a tribunal last year to state his argument against the fine, but his case was dismissed.
He ignored the subsequent order to pay the fine plus council costs and has now been sent a notice warning him bailiffs will be visiting him to collect £325 of goods.
A spokesman for West Norfolk Council said: “The processes that parking attendants have to follow are set out in the Norfolk Parking Partnership Civil Parking Enforcement Guidance Manual.
“This ticket was issued in accordance with the guidance and this case has gone through the appeals process, all the way through to tribunal. The tribunal found against the appellant.”
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