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Bexley council harasses blind ‘driver’ for £571 parking fine

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A blind student was hounded by bailiffs for a parking fine on a car that did not belong to him. Mark White, 39, from Welling, was sent bailiff letters demanding he pay £571.76 resulting from a parking fine on a car he never owned. Despite being registered blind with Bexley council for four years and giving up his driving licence 15 years ago, the engineering student had to contact the D.V.L.A. and the police himself to prove the car was not his.

He proved his identity was stolen and someone had registered the Escort with the registration L508 XAE in his name two years ago. Despite this, he was told by a Bexley council worker that his fine could not be set aside. Mr. White, a student at Greenwich University said: “They don’t seem to see me being blind as not being able to drive a car. I have been registered blind with them since 2004 but they think I still own a car. I drive a guide dog!” He said, “I am on the Bexley council blind list. Some alarm bells should have been going.” A spokesperson for Bexley council said, “Bexley has cancelled this ticket and halted any action by bailiffs.” But not before unnecessarily persecuting and worrying a resident.

October 2008
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