Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Council Tracks Down Motorists to Refund [Pounds Sterling]1 Million Penalty Fines

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Council Tracks Down Motorists to Refund [Pounds Sterling]1 Million Penalty Fines

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Byline: David Williams Motoring Correspondent

THOUSANDS of motorists are being tracked down by a London council -- so it can repay them [pounds sterling]1 million in wrongly issued fines.

About 18,500 drivers were penalised after a Richmond counciloperated CCTV "spy" car caught them committing parking and moving traffic offences.

However, motorist Nigel Wise had his [pounds sterling]100 fine thrown out on a technicality by a parking appeal tribunal, after he proved that Richmond used the "wrong" kind of camera on its cars. It meant thousands of other motorists' fines were invalid too.

Richmond withdrew its patrol cars and apologised but refused to return the money automatically. It said individual motorists would have to apply for refunds, even though critics pointed out that unless every single motorist heard about the ruling, they would not know to apply.

This week, the council performed a U-turn when members voted to track down all affected motorists to offer them refunds, which will range from about [pounds sterling]60 to [pounds sterling]100. …

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