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A Wolverhampton man has been issued 11 separate fines from Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone despite never having driven in the area.The fines totalled a shocking £1,300 and show no signs of stopping.
In a case of mistaken identity, the man known only as Peter, thought at first that his number plate must have been cloned.
However when he examined the evidence provided to him he realised that in fact it was a technology issue with Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) cameras.
The cameras automatically scan vehicles entering the city’s CAZ restricted zone and issue fines to cars that aren’t registered as having paid the £8 per day charge.
And a car with the same plate as Peter’s other than one character is being logged as his, due to a black screw connecting the plate to the car.
Birmingham’s CAZ area launched in June 2021 and charges drivers of high-polluting vehicles to drive within the city centre.
Those include diesel models built before 2015 and petrol models built before 2006.
The charges increase for buses and commercial vehicles, at £50 per day.
Failure to pay the charges incur a £120 fine from the council, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.
A spokesperson for the council said: “If a driver receives a PCN and believes this may be in error, they are advised to submit a challenge through the online portal or in writing.
“The council takes every effort to respond as quickly as possible and, where possible, will take into account any other compelling reasons to cancel the PCN.
“Support is available for people who live and work in the city centre and our teams continue to process applications for temporary exemptions and financial support.
“We continue to encourage all drivers to check if their vehicle is subject to the daily fee and if it is to pay the fee within the 13-day payment window or consider more sustainable forms of transport, especially for shorter journeys.”
It isn’t the first time the city’s CAZ zones have caused issues for drivers.
Back in September, express.co.uk reported on a woman who received 19 different Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) despite living 160 miles away and never having visited the city.
Ruth Costello from West Sussex had to contact the cabinet member for transport and environment in a desperate attempt to get the fines to cease.
Ms Costello said: “It’s the head-banging frustration.”
The CAZ charges run every hour of every day, year-round and were heavily protested against before their introduction.
Paul Biggs, of the Alliance of British Drivers, said at the time: “The whole thing is a complete waste of time and money.
“It was originally going to cost £122 million more than the claimed benefits.
“All this to reduce nitrogen dioxide in a few places by ten-millionths of a gramme per cubic metre, which no one will notice.”
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