A few months ago I had to drive from Streatham to Stratford. Normally that’s about an hour’s drive via rotherhithe tunnel. But on this occasion, TFL had closed both the tunnel AND tower bridge at the same time, forcing all the traffic into the congestion zone via London bridge, where they also happened to be doing extensive road works. So instead of an hour, it took 3.5 hours. Evening plans wrecked, total gridlock misery, entirely avoidable by better planning.
Because id been in the congestion zone (albeit not through choice), I called up to pay, where there was a recorded message saying drivers diverted over London bridge didn’t have to pay. So fair enough I didn’t.
But then low and behold, a month later, a £130 PCN comes in for being in the zone to cross london bridge. So I send in an appeal, but rather than accept their mistake, today I get two separate letters from TFL, both addressed to me, saying that my appeal can’t be accepted. Apparently they can’t accept an appeal from Mr Rob M Don, london campers ltd, because he is not the registered owner and keeper. So they have also written to the company secretary of London Campers Ltd, Mr Rob M Don, to request he appeals instead!!
Call it a hunch, but I reckon these two people, living at the same address, going by the same name and associated with the same company, could in fact be the very same person.
So now I have a dilemma: Am I in fact happy for me to act on my own behalf ? Hmmm, tough one that…
Even if I get the fine overturned (which knowing TFL as i do, I’d say has plenty of potential not to happen), what a needless amount of fannying about just to end up at best no worse off than I started.
Rant over . Muppets…