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