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Bailiffs used more to chase parking fines
Redivi
post Wed, 11 Sep 2019 - 08:56
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As per thread title

The use of bailiffs to chase parking fines has increased by 20% in last two years

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49651688

The article says that bailiffs can be authorised 21 days after the court order
Shouldn't that be 28 days ?

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post Wed, 11 Sep 2019 - 12:27
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Most bailiff cases we see on the council tickets forum are where the owner hasn't kept his V5 for the vehicle up-to-date, so never gets the statutory documents that are sent by post to the V5 address. The law and regulations rely heavily on this V5 being up-to-date, and is flawed, in that the address is only obtained once. OK it's an offence not to update the V5, but up to now, its importance has not been all that great. There needs to be some reform so that councils have to be more pro-active before instructing bailiffs.
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post Wed, 11 Sep 2019 - 18:12
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Maybe the DVLA could do a big national advert to get people to check their address is correct, far too many just forget to change it.
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post Thu, 12 Sep 2019 - 10:41
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QUOTE (Incandescent @ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 - 13:27) *
There needs to be some reform so that councils have to be more pro-active before instructing bailiffs.


Increasing the workload imposed upon the councils before they can instruct bailiffs will simply be passed on to the tax-payers so I would not want that.


Owning and running a car entails several responsibilities, one of which is ensuring the V5 details are correct and up to date. I do not see why the general "rate-payers" should be penalised for the actions (or rather inaction) of individuals who are too ignorant/stupid/lazy/whatever to update their V5 when changing address.

I think that a more suitable strategy might be for the DVLA to put a big red sticker on the front of a replacement driving licence that asks the question "have you updated your vehicle registration documents too?"
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post Thu, 12 Sep 2019 - 10:58
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QUOTE (I am Weasel @ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 - 11:41) *
I think that a more suitable strategy might be for the DVLA to put a big red sticker on the front of a replacement driving licence that asks the question "have you updated your vehicle registration documents too?"

If you do the licence update online there is a complete checklist for address changing that includes telling you to do the V5c as well.


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