Steve Bates, 53, of Westbourne Grove, Westcliff, drives a white Ford pickup truck with the registration plate EX58 UFD, but has been receiving fines for an almost identical van, with the registration plate EX58 UFB.
The resident claims to have received more than 20 fines since 2015, and top things off, this week his van was clamped while parked on his driveway and Mr Bates was told the clamp will not be removed until the fines are resolved....but are the public sector any more efficient?
A spokesman for Highways England said; “We have processed more than 150 million payments under Dart Charge and the vast majority of them have been smooth and hassle-free. When there are problems we always try and put things right with a minimum of fuss.
“We’re sorry for the inconvenience this has caused. Another driver had a damaged number plate which made it look like Mr Bates Vehicle. We’ve now flagged the number plate on our systems, so it will get extra manual checks in future before any fine is sent out.”You've only flagged it now?
Well, quite! Shouldn't the police be interested too, in case it's not damage, but a deliberate act?