Gulmarrad mother Glenda Hawdon with the car that was supposed to have been photographed driving through the Lane Cove Tunnel last month.
Gulmarrad mother Glenda Hawdon with the car that was supposed to have been photographed driving through the Lane Cove Tunnel last month.

Tunnel fine for broken-down car

GLENDA Hawdon is dumbfounded she could receive a fine for driving her unregistered Mitsubishi Pajero through the Lane Cove Tunnel without paying the toll, when the four-wheel drive is in pieces and does not even start.

And it has been that way since April 2010.

With the radiator removed and many other mechanical pieces off the vehicle, Mrs Hawdon said driving the Pajero through the tunnel on July 29 would have been impossible.

“The vehicle has been off the road and sitting in our garage in pieces since April 2010 due to mechanical problems,” she said.

“The radiator and other parts are in the rear storage area of the vehicle and we have at least 20 people who can verify that we weren't in Sydney that day.”

Mrs Hawdon said she would refuse to pay the fine as a matter of principle.

“None of our family or friends was in Sydney using this vehicle, or any other vehicle we own, on the 29th of July,” she said.

After receiving a scanned copy of the fine, The Daily Examiner contacted tunnel operator Connector Motorways about Mrs Hawdon's predicament.

A Lane Cove Tunnel spokesman said the $2.89 toll and the associated $10 administrative charge had been waived.

“‘A two-stage process exists to avoid errors, utilising an automated number plate recognition system and a visual check by staff,” the spokesman said.

“In this instance, a keying error appears to have resulted in the charge being incorrectly applied.”

The spokesman added that the accuracy of the tolling system was “extremely high”, with less than 00.02% of charges incorrectly applied.



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