Parking ticket for man who called 999 as cyclist lay dying in Archway Road

The man who alerted the emergency services to the fatal road crash in Archway Road has told of his shock after being given a £110 parking fine – despite having bought a pay and display ticket.

Haq Awan found the penalty notice from Haringey Council on Monday morning, just hours after he had dialled 999 when he found a cyclist lying unconscious in Archway Road.

Mr Awan parked his Ford Cougar car in Wembury Road when he arrived for work at his dry-cleaning business. He had intended to move the vehicle once parking restrictions began at 10am.

But because road closures were in place following the accident, he was prevented from moving his car to nearby Cromwell Avenue, so he bought a £3 pay and display ticket.

Even though the ticket was clearly placed on his dashboard and not due to expire until 11.58am, a parking ticket demanding payment of £110 was issued at 11.51am.


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Mr Haq said: “I was so surprised when I saw it. After seeing what happened with the cyclist and then I had this ticket. Sometimes they give you such a headache.

“I called the council, but they wouldn’t listen on the phone and said they need proof. So I’ve made copies of the tickets and will send them off. It’s all such a hassle.”

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A council spokesman said: “A penalty charge notice was issued in good faith on Monday, August 5, for this vehicle failing to have a clearly displayed parking ticket.

“We are aware of Mr Awan’s challenge and this matter will be dealt with promptly as soon as the relevant proof of documentation is received from Mr Awan.”

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