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Teacher fined for chucking cigarette out of car window – despite never smoking
December 24, 2020
A primary school teacher is fuming after being fined for throwing a cigarette out of his car window – despite not being a smoker.
Arrun Kaushal, 31, from Bramcote in Nottinghamshire, was in the car with his wife Samita and baby Aadhi in Nottingham last month.
A Nottingham City Council community officer claims he saw Mr Kaushal throw the fag out the window.
He was then slapped with a £75 fine.
Mr Kaushal told Nottinghamshire Live : "When they told me they had seen me smoking from the car, I started laughing straight away – I'm not a smoker, I have never smoked.
"They told me it was serious and not a laughing matter.
"It just has to be a mistake. Obviously they have the wrong person.
"I had a newborn in the car – why would I be smoking, or be letting anyone else smoke?"
Mr Kaushal has appealed against the fine, but it was rejected.
He has since been given 14 days to pay the fine, or the matter may be taken to court.
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Mr Kaushal has a doctor's note which proves he is not a smoker, which he has tried to provide to the authority.
"I'll take it to court if I have to," he continued.
"I just want to prove that they have made a mistake – I want to clear my name.
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"If I'm paying it, then I'm admitting it happened, that I've done it – which isn't the case."
Nottingham City Council has confirmed they have issued the fine to Mr Kaushal and say legal proceedings may take place if it remains unpaid.
A City Council spokesperson said: “We issued a penalty charge notice for littering on November 13th. Since then we have been in correspondence with Mr Kaushal as the registered keeper of the vehicle and advised him of his options.
"He has been informed that if the fine remains unpaid, legal proceedings will begin. We are therefore not in a position to make further comment.”