‘Huge headache’ Late-night trip to KFC lands chef with £400 fine

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ACHEF was gob­s­macked when he was hit with fines to­talling £408 af­ter tak­ing a late-night trip to KFC.

Luca An­to­nio, 37, drove through Chel­tenham’s Boots Cor­ner to pick up some fast food in late 2018 when a new traf­fic lay­out was be­ing tri­alled.

As he knew the road so well, he ad­mit­ted he had not looked at the new sig­nage on Clarence Street in­form­ing mo­torists.

When he ar­rived on Pitville Street to get some fried chicken, a taxi driver in­formed him that he had driven through a bus lane and would most likely get a fine.

So Mr An­to­nio drove home with an empty stom­ach.

He says he did not re­ceive any penalty no­tices un­til the whop­ping £408 charge, along with the news that bailiffs would ar­rive in 24 hours, ar­rived through his let­ter­box.

Mr An­to­nio said: “I am ex­tremely up­set about the fee on top of the ac­tual fine that the coun­cil gave, be­cause I checked and it was £60. If I had paid in 14 days af­ter ac­tu­ally driv­ing il­le­gally on that lane, it would have been half.

“I didn’t get any let­ter within that 14 days to pay the fine.

“They ac­tu­ally trans­ferred £348 on top of it. To send me this af­ter a year, is il­log­i­cal.”

The orig­i­nal PCN charge was £60 and it in­creased to £90 af­ter 28 days.

A fur­ther £8 was added when the debt is regis­tered, then a £75 compliance fee.

The coun­cil then have to pass the case on to an ex­ter­nal agency, who have charged Mr An­to­nio a fur­ther £235 en­force­ment stage fees - the bailiffs.

The to­tal for the penalty charge no­tice came to £408.

Mr An­to­nio, who works at the Old Manse Ho­tel in Bour­ton-on-the-wa­ter, de­cided to pay it in full as it was be­com

ing a “huge headache.”

He said he nor­mally likes driv­ing af­ter a long shift.

Glouces­ter­shire County Coun­cil said it was their un­der­stand­ing that sev­eral no­ti­fi­ca­tions had been sent out.

A spokesper­son said: “Since the penalty no­tice was is­sued in De­cem­ber 2018, we have sent four letters to the ve­hi­cle’s regis­tered keep­ers’ ad­dress pro­vided by the DVLA.

“As we didn’t re­ceive pay­ment, we had no choice but to start en­force­ment ac­tion through the coun­cil’s agent, who sent a fur­ther let­ter and vis­ited the owner’s home.

“This long process has re­sulted in sig­nif­i­cant ad­di­tional cost for the coun­cil on top of the orig­i­nal penalty charge - public money which should and must be re­cov­ered on our county’s residents’ be­half.”

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Ex­tra costs: Luca An­to­nio said he did not re­ceive the orig­i­nal no­tice.

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