Driving lesson

Driving instructor wins parking ticket after breaking down during petrol crisis

A London driving instructor has been given a parking ticket after breaking down during the petrol shortage.

Kelyon Ross was shocked to see a Brent Council traffic officer give him a ticket as he returned with jerry cans from a nearby garage.

Despite his pleas, the council officer pushed the fine through the system. Kelyon says his cancellation requests have failed.

He said: “Like everyone else, I was driving trying to find somewhere to fill up, but traffic was blocked everywhere.

“Suddenly my car came to a shuddering stop so I pulled over where I could and looked for a place to fill up with gas as I had a driving test coming up.

“When I came back with the gas can I saw a guy giving me a ticket. I asked him what he was doing but he just ignored me.

“I guess he was just doing his job, but you’d think the council people would take a look after I explained the situation.”

Kelyon’s parked car after receiving a parking fine

Kelyon said he was “under pressure” to find a place quickly as he was on his way to take a client for his test.

He explained that he had nowhere to stop as he was out of fuel and noted that despite being parked on a single yellow line he was not in a dangerous position.

He filed an informal appeal outlining his predicament, but it was slapped by council officials.

Brent’s council said he “sympathizes” with Kelyon’s circumstances but feels he did not “revoke the penalty notice” as he should still have complied with the current parking rules.

He added that he was “pleased” with the traffic officer’s actions and would uphold the ticket.

Kelyon said he plans to pursue the case and hopes to hear from counsel after submitting new evidence.

Brent’s council has been contacted for comment.