Dad fined for driving outside his own house after road turned into ‘school street’

Abdul Noormohamed was given five ends for using the road during ‘restricted hours’ as part of the school streets zone which aims to curb vehicle use during school times

Abdul Noormohamed was fined for driving outside his own house

A dad was fined for driving outside his own house after the road was turned into “school street.”

Abdul Noormohamed was given five fines for using the road during “restricted hours”.

The school streets zone hopes to curb vehicles during school times.

It meant Mr Noormohamed received fines in an area covered during a trial period in 2020.

Abdul, of Harrow, London said he felt like he was “living in a prison” on his own road.

Neighbors have also taken a longer route home to avoid the cameras.

He told MyLondon : “I don’t understand what’s gone on. They’re sending fines to someone who lives in the zone, surely they can see that isn’t right if we’re supposed to be exempt?

“My head is spinning, it’s caused so much extra effort and stress. We can’t have visitors, we don’t get deliveries.

“It’s got to the point now where we’re scared to go out on the road. It’s like being a prisoner in your own home. I’m not usually one to complain – sometimes it’s just easier to pay the fine. But this is just crazy.”

Abdul Noormohamed received five tickets for entering a ‘school streets’ zone during restricted hours


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Abdul explained that he registered his vehicles when the council put a trial scheme in place at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

When this was made permanent, he was told he would not need to register again.

Mr Noormohamed said he has raised the issue with Harrow Council but has been met with little helpful advice.

He said the authority did cancel the initial fine, but has since sent him four more tickets.

But after refusing to pay these, I received further letters threatening court action.

All the fines have been linked to his family car.

The van, which Abdul says has been through the area during the restricted hours, has escaped being ticketed.

Abdul said he relies on his car as his family regularly travel to after-school activities, the mosque and to visit friends and family.

The School Streets scheme, which ends unauthorized drivers for using Marlborough Hill between 8am and 9.30am and 2.30pm and 4pm, has also impacted on people visiting him.

Abdul said: “My house is usually very active, my door is always open. I’d have people coming and going all day every day, but I can’t anymore as they’re scared of getting fined.”

The scheme, he said, would stop him hosting large celebrations, which is very common in Asian culture.

He said: “What are we supposed to tell people? That they can’t come to my home?

“That they have to fight to find a parking space somewhere else and then walk?”

Adul and his neighbors said the restrictions simply force cars onto other nearby roads, simply shunting pollution onto others.

And there are concerns around the signs warning drivers that they cannot use the street by the school at certain times and would be unaware until the last minute and could be forced to brake in the middle of the road.

Several school street schemes were approved in Harrow following consultation with residents and schools.

The Marlborough School scheme is scheduled to be reassessed after it received mixed feedback.

Harrow Conservatives’ leader Cllr Paul Osborn said it was important to make the right call on this scheme to avoid changing it at a later date if it proved unpopular.

Other traffic measures in the borough, such as pop-up cycle lanes and low-traffic neighbourhoods, were removed after they faced strong opposition from residents, costing the council £75,000.

A Harrow Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of this case and are working with the resident to help resolve the issue.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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