Hartshilll taxi driver hit with Knutton parking fine- despite police pleading to overturn ticket
TAXI driver Bashir Choudhry has been hit with a fine for parking outside a police station – despite officers pleading with the council to overturn the ticket.
Mr Choudhry drove to Newcastle police station to report a crime after a fare-dodging thug smashed his windscreen.
He parked in a space meant for police cars after officers invited him to bring in his damaged cab for a forensic examination.
But the taxi driver was furious when a parking attendant issued a £70 fine because he was 'parked in a bay meant for police vehicles'.
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Now managers at Newcastle Borough Council have refused to waive the charge – despite a letter from Staffordshire Police asking them to reconsider.
Mr Choudhry last night hit out at 'jobsworth' parking attendants, and said he has refused to pay.
The 42-year-old, who lives in Grice Road, Hartshill, said: "I can't believe this has happened after the police wrote a personal letter.
"The council just don't want to listen and now I'm the victim. I have the cost of the damage to my car to worry about, and the fine too."
Mr Choudhry called police after a customer refused to pay a fare in Knutton. The male passenger then climbed out of the taxi before smashing the windscreen.
Police initially said they would have to check CCTV records, but when these failed to show the incident, Mr Choudhry was invited to bring his car to Newcastle police station to make a statement.
After receiving the fine, officers passed him a hand-written note to send to Newcastle Borough Council, insisting he had their full permission to park outside the station.
But now the taxi driver has received a letter from the authority informing him his appeal against the fine has failed.
Father-of-two Mr Choudhry said: "It's ridiculous. The police wrote me a letter, which I sent to the council with my appeal, but to no avail."
In a letter refusing to overturn the fine, the council said: "We appreciate that at the time, you state you were reporting an incident to the police.
"However, this bay is strictly for the use of police vehicles only."
A handwritten letter from Staffordshire Police, addressed to the council, says: "The driver of the vehicle was at the station as he is a victim of crime.
"He was there to make a statement and for an inspection of the windscreen."
The letter from the council says Mr Choudhry has 14 days to pay a reduced fine of £35 before the full £70 penalty applies.
The council said Mr Choudhry has the option to make further representation to the council if he wishes to take the matter further.