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Unpaid PCNs Costing £500 Million per Year

Posted in General News on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

According to research conducted by the British Parking Association (BPA) and the BPA member, Penham Excel,  motorists who are consistently failing to pay the fines they incur after receiving Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) are costing local authorities a collective amount of more than £500 million per year. The Department for Transport (DfT) refers to these individuals as “persistent evaders” and this term applies to anyone who has amassed three or more unpaid PCNs in the last 12 months that have not been challenged or appealed.

The figure of over £500 million is taken from the data provided by 80 of the UK’s local authorities and it does not take into account any money owed to Transport for London (TfL) or Highways England. The problem is caused by thousands of motorists who have made it difficult for the DVLA to locate them either by registering their vehicle using incorrect information or registering the vehicle under a false address. In this situation, if the owner of the vehicle does not live at the address known by the enforcement agency the fine often has to be written off. The research also indicated that 40% of these persistent evaders have owned vehicles that either had no MOT or no insurance, and in certain cases, neither. The BPA is keen to find a solution to this issue and the association has started this process by asking the government to approve a formal pilot scheme to try out cost-effective ways for local authorities to recover the money owed and enforce these contraventions effectively in the future.

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Peter Biggs

Wednesday, January, 2nd, 2019

I really could not care a monkeys, for starters, I do not believe the figure of £500,000,000 Secondly, the legislation is wholly to blame, it is too loose and needs to be tightened up dramatically. Where there are obvious loopholes in the inadequate legislation, there will allways be the types who take advantage of it. In other words, the government and the various authorities ought to get their act together.

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RYAN

Wednesday, January, 2nd, 2019

Some of the charges are nothing but legalised theft, when you go shopping you shouldn't have to worry about having an hour and a half to shop. no wonder shops are closing down cheaper to shop from home in comfort and you know nobody going to fine you for parking.

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Paul Baker

Wednesday, January, 2nd, 2019

The solution is fairly simple. The ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras already in use can be linked to a database of unpaid PCNs. CCTV, Police and some traffic cams already use ANPR and these cars can be stopped by the police as falsely registering a vehicle or providing incorrect information is a crime. If the car has no MOT / road tax / insurance or more than 3 unpaid PCNs tow it and crush it. Those who have their cars seized only have to have someone who is insured to drive the vehicle to collect it. Not a great deterrent. If you pride and joy is going to be crushed , would you risk it?

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Elizabeth Dixon

Wednesday, January, 2nd, 2019

Who keeps the PCN fines - central government or local authorities? If LA then very specifically my Highways department is losing out . If CG the same but would it be returned to the area of the PCN? Ultimately I’d like my LA to receive this much needed money and use on roads.

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Roy Holt

Wednesday, January, 2nd, 2019

Fortunately I have not suffered from attempts at this type of extortion for many many years. However I don't believe that the amounts stated are based on any sort of reality and that the various types of harassment being explored are little more than attempted further bully boy tactics to be used to create further victims of our increasingly poorly managed local government. Our local authorities are a compete and utter disgrace. Might it be so much more appropriate to at least annually investigate the finances of every elected councillor and their families with regard to misuse of authority and public founds and unexplained income. Our recently elected nice new Labour MP has just been convicted of impeding the course of justice at the Old Bailey concerning a motoring offence and is currently awaiting sentence. She is still however intent on remaining our MP.....Another right honourable with a criminal record!

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Roy Holt

Wednesday, January, 2nd, 2019

Fortunately I have not suffered from attempts at this type of extortion for many many years. However I don't believe that the amounts stated are based on any sort of reality and that the various types of harassment being explored are little more than attempted further bully boy tactics to be used to create further victims of our increasingly poorly managed local government. Our local authorities are a compete and utter disgrace. Might it be so much more appropriate to at least annually investigate the finances of every elected councillor and their families with regard to misuse of authority and public founds and unexplained income. Our recently elected nice new Labour MP has just been convicted of impeding the course of justice at the Old Bailey concerning a motoring offence and is currently awaiting sentence. She is still however intent on remaining our MP.....Another right honourable with a criminal record!