Peugeot driver keeps getting fined because his car gets confused with a Bentley 0

Gordon King of Longton, Preston, keeps receiving penalty notices relating to his car, as someone has a number plate that looks the same as his. See Ross Parry story RPYFINE; Motorist from Longton, lancs., hit with a whopping 10 fines in the past seven years for driving a Bentley in London - despite never travelling to the capital and owning a Peugeot 308. CCTV snaps on the penalty documents show a flashy dark-coloured Bentley, with a number plate very similar to Gordon’s own personalised plate, K11 NNG.

Peugeot and Bentley: two car manufacturers you wouldn’t usually get mixed up (no offence meant to either).

Or at least that’s what you’d expect. Try telling that to Peugeot owner Gordon King however, the beleaguered motorist has racked up a whopping seven congestion charge penalty notices over the past 12 months despite the 76 year old never having been to London in his life.

Fines sent to Gordon King of Longton, Preston, keeps receiving penalty notices relating to his car, as someone has a number plate that looks the same as his. See Ross Parry story RPYFINE; Motorist from Longton, lancs., hit with a whopping 10 fines in the past seven years for driving a Bentley in London - despite never travelling to the capital and owning a Peugeot 308. CCTV snaps on the penalty documents show a flashy dark-coloured Bentley, with a number plate very similar to Gordon’s own personalised plate, K11 NNG.

Each time Gordon receives a new penalty notice, the attached CCTV shot shows a luxury Bentley Mulsanne, capable of 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds, a far tastier time than Mr King’s Peugeot Allure can manage.

Closer inspection reveals the congestion charge flaunting Bentley bears a similar personalised plate to that worn by Gordon’s 3008 Peugeot – K11 NNG.

Mr King said: ‘I keep telling people about it but I feel like I am going round in circles.’

The first penalty notice arrived through the post in 2010. Mr King challenged the notice and the authorities cancelled it.

Gordon thought that was the end of the matter. Then another one arrived – followed by eight further notices all bearing the same picture of the smart Bentley.

Gordon hasn’t had to pay for any of the notices as of yet, the authorities have cancelled each one but the pensioner is fed up with the time wasted and wants an end put to the matter permanently.

Mr King said: ‘My appeals to Transport for London, the Metropolitan Police and DVLA Swansea have failed to prevent repeats, even though some justice has prevailed in that each PCN has been cancelled after lengthy and stressful battles.

‘Each of the above organisations say it is the responsibility of the others to take action.

‘An argument which I find baffling.

‘Who can I appeal to in order to get this bureaucratic nightmare off my back once and for all?’

He bought his personalised plates in 1993 because they were similar to his surname.

When he started receiving penalty notices, he assumed the Bentley was using false plates.

Peter Blake, TfL’s director of  service operations, said: ‘We apologise to Mr King for any distress caused from the Penalty Charge Notices he has received.

‘To ensure this doesn’t happen again we have put Mr King’s details on a list that will instantly alert us to the anomaly in the future.’

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