Amputee granddad fined £130 after authorities confuse 8mph mobility scooter for Porsche

A granddad who recently had a leg amputated is fighting a road fine after his 8mph mobility scooter was mistaken for a 180mph Porsche.

Disabled divorcee Richard Sullivan, from Bristol, received a notice from Transport for London (TfL) for allegedly driving a £100,000 (US$125,000) Porsche Targa down a one-way street.

But the 63-year-old says he hasn’t been to London in 40 years and hasn’t been allowed to drive for two years due to his health.

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Sullivan believes the mix-up came about because the number plate of his silver TGA Breeze mobility scooter is similar to that of the Porsche shown in TfL’s CCTV picture.

“I wouldn’t mind if I had done it,” said the former forklift driver. “But the suggestion that I have is ridiculous.

“I used to drive a Renault and I’ve never owned a Porsche – in my dreams. I’m just a working man. There’s no way I could own a Porsche.”

He added that the maximum distance his scooter can travel in one go is 30 miles – the distance between the two cities is nearly 110 miles.

And TfL didn’t make it easy for Sullivan, who now lives on disability benefit and leases his scooter for £153 a month.

“I’ve tried to get through to Transport for London but they are not interested. As far as they’re concerned, I owe them money whether I did it or not,” he added.

“I told them there’s no way in hell I will pay, but because I didn’t pay it in the first 28 days that £130 fine has gone up to £195. They said, ‘If you send a letter stating all the facts and what I have done they will look into it,’ but three weeks later I got a red letter back telling me that I still owe them.”

TfL has now apologized “unreservedly for the distress and inconvenience” and cancelled the penalty.

Via RT. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.