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Driver demands change after parking error.

A FURIOUS Teesside driver is to write to the local government ombudsman to complain about Bolton Council after a parking ticket hash-up.

As reported Gordon Robson, a Stockton farmer, already lodged a formal complaint against Bolton Council after he was issued with a pounds 70 parking fine -despite the fact he's never been to Bolton!

Mr Robson, was shocked when he received a letter saying he'd been caught parking illegally in Bury New Road, Bolton, by Bolton Council's hi-tech pounds 50,000 spy camera-equipped Smart Car.

When he complained, he was told someone had misread a photo of a number plate, as it was unclear, and sent the fine to him in error.

But the car photographed was a Subaru, and Mr Robson drives an Isuzu Trooper.

The fine was withdrawn, but now Mr Robson wants the council to change its procedures to ensure the error never happens again.

He said: "I'm not happy about this. We've heard about them spying on people, which they have the right to do now, and then this is what happens. I'm totally dissatisfied with the reaction of Bolton Council and am now looking to take it further."

He said the authority has said "sorry," but not "it will not happen again."

The council admitted some innocent motorists have been fined due to errors in reading number plate pictures, but it won't change the system as "less than 1%" of fines are wrongly issued.

A council spokesman said of 1,711 fines issued by the CCTV car, only seven were incorrect.

He said: "We apologise again to Mr Robson and reassure him we have tightened up our procedures, and put more checks in place to minimise the chances of this happening again."
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 1, 2010
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