Kanwardeep Lehal and his taxi (Photo: Anna Lythgoe)
A Taxi driver wrongly fined for travelling through bus lane, feared he would lose his home after threats from bailiffs
Gloucestershire County Council said Mr Lehal should not have received the fine
A taxi driver who was wrongly fined for using a bus lane feared he would lose his home after bailiffs threatened to seize his car.
Independent cabbie Kanwardeep Lehal, 43, was fined £90 while driving along Woodvale in Quedgeley two months ago and, despite appealing, the fine rose to £408.
The dad-of-three, who lives in Tuffley, said bailiffs put a note on his taxi ordering him not to drive it. They returned days later and allegedly told Mr Lehal, a Gloucestershire cabbie of 15 years, that the vehicle would be auctioned.
Gloucestershire County Council have since confirmed he should not have received the fine.
His partner Louise Deakins, 34, said: “We have been informed the bailiffs are coming back.
“If we lose the car, we lose our home – our family’s livelihood depends on it. It means everything to us.
“Through no fault of our own we have received this ticket and now we are being bullied. My 13-year-old daughter was the only person home when they arrive the first time and the neighbours could have seen – it’s embarrassing for us.
“We’ve been told they could come again today or they could come tomorrow.”
Ms Deakins, who works in the call centre at Gloucester’s Five Star Taxis, added: “No one wants to help at the penalty enforcement team but it would have taken one call from the council for it to be quashed but now it has gone onto the bailiff. Where do we stand?”
The couple appealed the decision at the county court but their claim was rejected. To re-appeal, they would have had to pay £350.
Jim Daniels, parking manager at Gloucestershire County Council, has since said: “Mr Lehal should not have received this fine and it has been cancelled.
“We will be contacting Mr Lehal personally to apologise for this error.”