Monday, August 4, 2008

Persistent Traffic Offenders to Face Action

The County Council has published the following notice that they intend to take action against persistent non-payers of parking fines, with action commencing today. Motorists are generally over taxed and over harrassed, but nothing annoys people more than seeing people 'playing the system' and ignoring charges that more responsible people (e.g. because they also haven't registered the car properly). This sounds like an excellent plan from the County Council.

"Notice is hereby given that Cambridgeshire County Council, under the powers contained in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) and the Traffic Management Act 2004 (as amended), intends, from 4 August 2008, to commence with the removal of vehicles parked in contravention of a road traffic regulation order where the owner or keeper has persistently evaded payment of penalty charge notices previously issued and to introduce additional charges in relation to the removal of those vehicles.

A vehicle which has been removed shall be released upon payment of:

a.) the penalty charge amount; and
b.) the additional parking charge of £105 and any vehicle storage fee which is currently £12 per day, or part of a day, during which the vehicle has been impounded.

The charge for any vehicle that is disposed of is £50.

The Department for Transport define a Persistent Evader as a vehicle owner with three or more recorded contraventions for the vehicle and the Penalty Charge amount for these have not been paid, represented against or appealed against within the statutory time limits, or the representations and appeals have been rejected but they have still not paid. Motorists are reminded that vehicles not recovered within the appropriate timescales may be disposed of."

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