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I got a car parking fine, but I'm blind!'

PUBLISHED: 14:57 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:42 25 August 2010

Bexley
12-11-08
Partially blind Mark White having problems with Bexley Council
with his dog Teal

Bexley 12-11-08 Partially blind Mark White having problems with Bexley Council with his dog Teal

A BLIND student was hounded by bailiffs for a parking fine on a car that did not belong to him.

A BLIND student was hounded by bailiffs for a parking fine on a car that did not belong to him.

Mark White, 39, from Welling, was sent bailiff letters demanding him to pay £571.76 resulting from a parking fine on a car he never owned.

Despite being registered blind with Bexley council for four years and giving up his driving licence 15 years ago, the engineering student had to contact the DVLA and the police himself to prove the car was not his.

He proved his identity was stolen and someone had registered the Escort with the registration L508 XAE in his name two years ago. Despite this, he was told by a council worker last Wednesday that he still could not be removed from their enquiries.

Mr White, a student at Greenwich University said: "They want me to do all the running around. How can I have a car?

"They don't seem to see me being blind as not being able to drive a car. I have been registered blind with them since 2004 but they think I still own a car. I drive a guide dog!

"This has been such a kick in the teeth.

"It has gone on enough. I have been to the police and I have been to the council.

"I asked DVLA staff to send me the registration form which had different hand writing from mine. I am just fed up with all the stress they have caused my family.

"I can't get it through to them."

It was only after the Times contacted the council that it confirmed that no further action would be taken against Mr White.

A spokesperson for Bexley council said: "Bexley has cancelled this ticket and halted any action by bailiffs.

"We apologise for the distress caused but we rely on the information provided to us by the DVLA. We will be writing to Mr White to confirm the issue has been dropped."

Mr White was told all the informa tion Bexley council received about parking fines is automated.

He said: "I am on the Bexley council blind list. Some alarm bells should have been going."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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