'I want to fight to feed the children' - Unemployed father's rage over £ 16.50 Humber Bridge fine | MCU Times

‘I want to fight to feed the children’ – Unemployed father’s rage over £ 16.50 Humber Bridge fine

A father claims he will struggle to feed his family after being hit with a £ 16.50 fine for crossing the Humber Bridge without paying the £ 1.50 toll.

John crossed the Humber Bridge to get home to Laceby on Friday, October 29 at. 14.24 and avoided the toll plazas due to backed up traffic after an incident.

Instead, he walked through the middle lane of the bridge, which is used by HumberTAG customers – an online method where you pay automatically.

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He claims he later checked online on how to pay if you are not already registered with the Tag service, but claims he could not find his vehicle on the system.

He thinks the system is unfair and even offered to pay the Humber Bridge Board £ 3 instead – double the usual toll – because that’s all he can afford.

John is currently unemployed and was on his way across the bridge for a job interview in Hull.

The father of three children, all under the age of 10, says every penny they have is vital because of their circumstances.

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John said, “I was on my way home across the Humber Bridge when I saw a lot of traffic at the toll booth.

“It looked like there was an accident on the way back for miles and I would not wait in it.

“So I just thought I would go through the Tag system since I had never done it before.

“There was no sign or anything about a fine, so I just went for it.

“I checked the Humber Bridge website and placed my information there, but I could not find a charge for my vehicle.”

But about two weeks ago, John received a letter from the Humber Bridge Board stating that he had incurred a fine of £ 16.50 for not paying the toll.

He told Grimsby Live: “I’ve been unemployed for over a month, which has not been easy.

“It has been hard for everyone and the money is scarce. Every penny means something.

“I have really bad internet connections at home, so I could not check again if the charge had finally increased.

“When I saw the letter, I got in touch with the Humber Bridge Board and told them I could not pay the £ 16.50 fine because I have to feed my children. I’m at Dole.

“Instead, I told them I could pay £ 3 – double the toll to pass.”

John says he received another email on Tuesday 23 November stating that he still has to pay the £ 16.50 fine.

He said: “They could have sent me a polite letter as a reminder to pay £ 1.50.

“Instead, they just tell me I have to pay the £ 16.50 I can’t pay.

“The process is ridiculous.

“I’d rather feed my kids on any day of the week.”

The Humber Bridge Board says they must be fair to all drivers and the fine is standard procedure for those who fail to pay within the stipulated time frame.

A spokesman for Humber Bridge said: “He crossed the Humber Bridge and unfortunately he was not able to pay the toll within the stipulated time frame.

“As a result, he was given a standard administration fee of £ 15, which we charge when we recover a debt.

“While we have sympathy for his situation, we feel it is not fair to the other drivers who have previously paid the administration fee to make an exception in this case.”

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