London lifts city fine for driving down its own street

Abdul Noormohamed was caught on camera five times after entering a designated school area on his street.

The fines had caused his family “so much extra work and stress” (Image: BPM Media)

A London man has been fined £650 for driving on his own road and said “justice” had finally been served.

Abdul Noormohamed was caught five times on camera entering a designated school area, which includes his street.

There, parking is prohibited at certain times in the morning and afternoon for non-permit holders.

But Abdul claimed he registered both his car and van at his home and said he was “shocked” to receive the fines.

He challenged Harrow Council and asked MPs for help – and this week received word he was victorious.

“It feels like a huge load has been lifted off my shoulders,” the 39-year-old told MyLondon.

‘[The council] still didn’t accept an error, they still forced me to register even though I had already done it, but at least they canceled it.’

The school zoning scheme, covering several streets in Harrow, was implemented after consultation with local residents and schools.

A father is fighting to quash £650 fines imposed after he was caught driving to and from his own home. Abdul Noormohamed, 39, received five tickets for entering a ?school street? Zone in Harrow during restricted opening hours. School streets are streets where traffic is restricted during drop-off and pick-up times near schools. Mr Noormohamed has been fined despite living in the area covered by the scheme and allowed his car and van during the first trial period in 2020 as images are not our copyright

Life inside the school street zone is like “living in a prison,” Abdul said (Image: BPM Media)

It came into effect to limit the number of cars taking up road space at drop-off and pick-up times.

Abdul’s own children go to nearby Marlborough School, and he said he was treated “like a celebrity” when word of his success broke.

Many of his neighbors are fighting similar battles, and delivery drivers are unknowingly caught on the same camera.

Harrow Council says school zones are “designed to reduce traffic around schools at the beginning and end of the school day”.

A spokesman added: “The restrictions only apply during school hours and residents in the school street zones are exempt.

“We are working with residents to ensure they register their vehicle for their school road permit.”

Abdul previously said the influx of fines made life on his street akin to “life in a prison”.

He added: “My head is spinning it has caused so much extra effort and stress. We can’t have visitors, we don’t get deliveries.’

But Abdul’s predicament perhaps pales in comparison to the mix-up driver John Barrett faced last month.

The 54-year-old from Chiswick was shocked after receiving 51 fines for using a residents-only road.

The fines added up to a staggering £6,000.

John said: “The time it takes them to print out those screenshots and put the letter in the envelope would cost a fortune.

“All they had to do was put my registration into their computer and they would see that I had authorization. That took a while [up] so much of my time.’

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Justin Scacco

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