Thir­teen tick­ets prove un­lucky

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Etken­m­cer­lain

A MO­TORIST who al­legedly failed to pay 13 park­ing penalty tick­ets has had the of­fend­ing ve­hi­cle con­fis­cated in a dra­matic move by high­ways bosses.

The “last re­sort” ac­tion was car­ried out at an ad­dress in Figtree Walk in Wel­land, Peter­bor­ough, yes­ter­day af­ter of­fi­cials at Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil lost pa­tience with what they claimed was the mo­torist’s re­fusal to pay the fines, which to­talled £879.

The Vaux­hall As­tra car will now be held in a com­pound for a week and if the full amount and charges are not paid it will be sold at auc­tion.

The coun­cil says the 13 park­ing tick­ets, which were col­lected at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Peter­bor­ough, were is­sued be­tween Oc­to­ber 23 last year and May 4.

Coun­cil­lor David Seaton, Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Re­sources, said: “This ac­tion sends a strong mes­sage to res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to Peter­bor­ough that the city coun­cil will not tol­er­ate per­sis­tent non-pay­ment of fines.

“We con­tinue to chase out­stand­ing fines un­til the money has been col­lected, us­ing the en­force­ment pow­ers avail­able to us.

“This is a great ex­am­ple of cross-work­ing be­tween coun­cil de­part­ments.

“In­for­ma­tion is be­ing shared be­tween our in­come and park­ing en­force­ment teams to en­able us to take ac­tion against the most per­sis­tent of­fend­ers - those who have ac­cu­mu­lated out­stand­ing fines and ap­pear to have no in­ten­tion of pay­ing.

“A park­ing ticket debt does not die. The longer the debt is left, then the higher it be­comes.

“If a park­ing fine is paid within 14 days of re­ceiv­ing it, the cost is £35 or £25 de­pend­ing on the con- tra­ven­tion.

“This dou­bles af­ter 14 days and can in­crease by a fur­ther 50 per cent. This is in stark con­trast to the po­ten­tial costs of hav­ing your ve­hi­cle clamped or re­moved, which could run into hun­dreds of pounds.”

A coun­cil spokes­woman added: “The re­moval of ve­hi­cles is a last re­sort when penal­ties go un­paid.”

Mo­torists are is­sued with a park­ing ticket, or penalty charge no­tice (PCN) for break­ing a park­ing reg­u­la­tion which is then fixed to their ve­hi­cle by a traf­fic war­den.

The owner has 14 days to pay 50 per cent of the charge and af­ter that time the full amount be­comes due. Af­ter 28 days the coun­cil ap­ply to the DVLA for de­tails of the ve­hi­cle keeper and then send a No­tice to Owner.

The No­tice to Owner gives de­tails of how to pay and also what to do if they do not agree with the PCN.

If no rep­re­sen­ta­tion is re­ceived af­ter a fur­ther 14 days then a sur­charge is added (this is 50 per cent of the orig­i­nal charge) – and a let­ter is sent at this stage.

Af­ter a fur­ther 21 days an­other let­ter is sent warn­ing the owner that the case will be re­ferred to the Traf­fic En­force­ment Cen­tre (TEC) for reg­is­tra­tion of the PCN as a debt.

ON TOW: The Vaux­hall As­tra is con­fis­cated af­ter its owner al­legedly failed to pay 13 park­ing fines

WARN­ING: Coun­cil­lor David Seaton, PCC’S Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Re­sources.

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