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Clovelly driver fined $275 after car breaks down in no-stopping zone

Furious woman cops $275 fine despite police and her insurance company saying ‘not to worry about it’ – so would you pay it?

  • Driver fined $275 after her car broke down in a no stopping zone in Clovelly
  • Clare Thomas called police and her insurer to update them on her situation
  • She said she was informed she would not be fined but then received penalty 

A driver was fined $275 after her car broke down in a no stopping zone even though she was told by her insurer and police that she would not receive a penalty.

Clare Thomas was driving her car when the vehicle broke down in the middle of a one-way street in Clovelly, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on a Friday night.

Ms Thomas immediately put her hazard lights on and phoned for roadside assistance before she was told she would need to wait for three hours.

A driver was fined $275 after her car broke down in a no stopping zone even though she was told by her insurer and police that she would not receive a penalty

The driver phoned police for advice before stepping out of her car and ushering traffic around her vehicle.

Her car had overheated and by the time it cooled down, Ms Thomas moved the vehicle to the side of the road that just so happened to be a no stopping zone. 

‘I also made another phone call to the police station to let them know the progress, and to let them know that I was in a no-stopping zone and they said not to worry about it,’ she told Yahoo.

Ms Thomas then called her insurer who advised her it would be better to have her car towed on Monday.

She wrote a letter explaining her situation and left the note on the windshield for any parking inspectors that passed through the area.

‘To my surprise, a ticket landed in my mailbox [two weeks later] citing Randwick council as the initiator of the ticket,’ she said. 

Clare Thomas was driving her car when the vehicle broke down in the middle of a one-way street in Clovelly, in Sydney's eastern suburbs, on a Friday night

Clare Thomas was driving her car when the vehicle broke down in the middle of a one-way street in Clovelly, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on a Friday night

‘Because my car was towed on the Monday morning, roadside assistance is now saying that they can only give me paperwork on the day the car was towed despite the fact that I’ve got a call log with them on the Friday night.’

Ms Thomas intends to challenge the fine after she was told by her insurer that it could be waived if she provided proof the situation was out of her control.

Daily Mail Australia contacted NSW Police for comment. 

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