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it is simply that I received a penalty for a scheme I was unaware of. The penalty was high - 750 pounds. The scheme is the LEZ (low emissions zone) in London. After mentioning it to a few people I realized I'm not the only one unaware. Out of 31 people I've talked to only 2 know of it. The 7 I talked to from London didn't know about it.
So I'm arguing the point. But their reply is that I'm legally bound to make myself aware of any possible traffic penalties whenever I drive. This seems severe but I could well imagine there is such a clause to a law.
On the other hand my dealings with the GLC and London Transport Authority so far have led me to conclude they are not running a very tight ship and it may be I've caught them out in a lie. If so, it would help my case.
That's it. Sorry for the length of the response. It is all actually more convoluted but I tried to keep it simple here.
If this refers to the warning letter, I can say one was sent. But I was working on contract 10 weeks away from home. Hence the fines when I passed through London on my way home.
No thanks Jo,
thanks a million. you've saved me from barking up the wrong tree. It's a bit frightening how these big bureaucracies become scary and officious. But I'll just have to accept it.
I appreciate your time on this.