Couple with KN19 TER number plate hit with £90 fine thanks to t-shirt

You knitwits! Couple with KN19 TER number plate on their car get hit with £90 fine… thanks to woman in ‘Knitter’ shirt walking along bus lane

  • David Knight, 54, from Dorking, Surrey, received a fine for driving down a bus lane in Bath – but the builder immediately knew there had been a mistake
  • He and his wife, Paula, 54, looked at photographic evidence which showed a woman walking in the bus lane with the word KNITTER on her t-shirt
  • The council computer mixed up the wording on her t-shirt for a personalised registration plate on Mr Knight’s Volkswagen van, KN19TER

When David Knight received a fine for driving in a bus lane in Bath, he knew immediately there had been a mistake.

After all, the builder had been nowhere near the spa city – and he lives 120 miles away in Dorking, Surrey.

But when he and his wife, Paula, took a closer look at the photographic ‘evidence’, they were left in stitches.

Paula and David Knight with their van which has a personalised registration plate as a nod to his nickname, ‘Knighter’

The letter for the fine David and Paula Knight received from Bath and North East Somerset Council, which had already gone from £60 to £90 as they hadn’t paid within 30 days

Closer look: the photographic evidence outlined in the fine left the couple in stitches as they saw this elderly woman walking in the bus lane with the word KNITTER emblazoned on her t-shirt

The picture showed a woman walking in the bus lane with the word KNITTER on her T-shirt, which the council computer had mixed up with the personalised registration plate on Mr Knight’s Volkswagen van – KN19TER, a nod to his nickname ‘Knighter’. 

After much amusement, Mrs Knight, a bookkeeper, contacted Bath and Somerset Council to alert officials to their mistake.

Luckily, they saw the funny side and last week agreed to cancel the £90 fine.

Seeing the funny side: when Paula Knight called to notify the council of the mistake, the call handler was said to have ‘burst out laughing’

The vehicle, a Volkswagen van, was 120 miles away from the penalty notice in Bath – as the couple live in Dorking, Surrey

The alleged offence took place in June but Mr Knight, 54, didn’t receive the penalty notice until last month.

Yesterday Mrs Knight, also 54, a mother of two, said that the council call handler ‘burst out laughing’ when she alerted her to the error.

‘The fine had already gone up from £60 to £90 because we hadn’t paid within 30 days,’ she said.

The penalty charge notice from Bath and North East Somerset Council said in their letter to David Knight that ‘a charge is now payable’ for ‘being in a bus lane’

The alleged offence took place in June but Mr Knight, 54, didn’t receive the penalty notice until last month.

‘Obviously no one had looked at the picture and it had been computer generated.’

Mr Knight said: ‘We’ve been laughing about it a lot. There was no way I was going to pay for a woman walking in a bus lane with a funny T-shirt on!’

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