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CookieMuffin
post Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - 17:45
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Hi,

Last year I received a PCN for parking my car incorrectly. I never received a letter from the council that issued the fine & couple months later I get a letter from Equita. Few weeks later they’re asking for £513 and have sent a removal notice. All those letters came to my old address and the landlord only just gave them to me. I changed my V5 address only few days ago so it should be updated in the next 2 weeks. The next letter Equita will send will probably come to my new address.

I wanted to send a statutory declaration out of time letter (PE2 form) to put the bailiffs actions on hold and see if I can pay the PCN normally, explaining my situation. Unfortunately this needs to be sworn and signed in a court before sending it.

I’m leaving tomorrow morning and didn’t manage to go to court to get it signed. I will be back in the UK in 3 months. Can the bailiff come and take my car? I was thinking about putting a car cover on my car and taking the registration plates off. There is a small parking for residents behind my house and there are usually up to 7 cars parked everyday. Would it be safe to leave my car parked there, with no plates and fully covered? And the most important question - Will it be okay if I send the PE2 form in 3 months? Any advise will be very appreciated in regards to this whole situation. Thank you.

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post Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - 18:12
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It's your fault for not updating your V5C so an out of time attempt is likely to fail no matter when you do it. You are right that bailiffs are good at finding people. They will take the car if they can. How much is it worth?
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post Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - 18:33
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QUOTE (stamfordman @ Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - 19:12) *
It's your fault for not updating your V5C so an out of time attempt is likely to fail no matter when you do it. You are right that bailiffs are good at finding people. They will take the car if they can. How much is it worth?


It's worth about £4000 now. I parked it in a way that prevents towing, but they can clamp it instead. I took the plates off and the VIN number is invisible. Is there any way they can identify my car?
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post Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - 18:37
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OP, you are the architect of your own misfortune in not updating your V5 promptly, and whilst you're in foreign parts, the bailiffs will not rest their legs. Their livelihood depends on them being diligent, so when you get back the amount you owe is either likely to be considerably increased, or your car will have been taken to pay the debt.

In terms of whether you can submit an OOT now or in 3 months time, it is all out of time so the timescale is irrelevant, we have seen worse than yours on this forum. However, do be aware that things will chunter on in your absence. Any OOT can be opposed by the council that issued the original PCN, and usually is. TEC will then refuse your OOT and the bailiffs can then re-commence their duties. Whilst you are away, they will not stop their activities.

Frankly, you are not in a good situation, I'm afraid.

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CookieMuffin
post Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - 19:16
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QUOTE (Incandescent @ Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - 19:37) *
OP, you are the architect of your own misfortune in not updating your V5 promptly, and whilst you're in foreign parts, the bailiffs will not rest their legs. Their livelihood depends on them being diligent, so when you get back the amount you owe is either likely to be considerably increased, or your car will have been taken to pay the debt.

In terms of whether you can submit an OOT now or in 3 months time, it is all out of time so the timescale is irrelevant, we have seen worse than yours on this forum. However, do be aware that things will chunter on in your absence. Any OOT can be opposed by the council that issued the original PCN, and usually is. TEC will then refuse your OOT and the bailiffs can then re-commence their duties. Whilst you are away, they will not stop their activities.

Frankly, you are not in a good situation, I'm afraid.


Thank you for your reply.

Should I just call Equita and arrange a payment plan? There is no way they can tow my car because of the way I parked but they can clamp it if they somehow find out it belongs to me (But I dont know how they can possibly do it without VIN and plates visible). What are the consequences of having a car clamped for 2/3 months?

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stamfordman
post Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - 20:00
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Bailiffs can also take other stuff - is there anyone likely to let them into your home. Equita will let you propose a payment plan but may not accept it.
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post Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - 20:44
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Your questions are nonsensical.

You owe the debt, I suggest you pay it, which you can do from abroad as well as here.

If you don't, you would find an increased demand when you return.

The car is irrelevant, it has no part in proceedings other than being an easy target. They want money and have the power of a warrant to help them in their cause. They know where you live.

Don't p**s about, it would only end in tears, thousands of them.

By all means try and negotiate with them, but don't play silly b*****s.

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