First time poster, but long time reader for the forums. I'm basically after a bit of support on this. Situation as follows:
Received a letter from ECP on the 11 June 2007 demanding money (£50 if paid within 14 days, £70 after) from an alleged overstay in the Forbury Retail Park in Reading on the 14/4/07. I responded to them asking for the following information:
1. Full details of the charge
2. Full break down of the charge
3. All evidence proving vehicle was where it was stated to be
4. Name of the driver
They responded to me with the usual 'your comments have been noted, but your dispute has not been upheld' letter on the 26th October (4 months later!). I promptly sent them the cease and desist notice. I heard back from them with a carbon copy letter ('your comments have been...blah blah') about a week later. Followed by a letter from Control Account requesting payment. I responded to both ECP stating that they have yet to substantiate their claim and I cannot help you further (hooray for great template letters!) and I responded to ControlAccount referring them back to ECP (another template used).
Both letters sent on the 17 December 2007. I received a letter from ECP (another carbon copy but with price increased to £95) on 14 January 2008 followed today (21st January) by a letter from Control Account threatening me with court action (notice of intent to make a civil claim).
I also made the mistake of phoning my local trading standards regarding this issue and was told that as registered keeper of the vehicle that if it went to court the balance of probability would be that if I was unwilling or unable to provide who was actually driving the vehicle at the time then it would be assumed that the driver was indeed me.
To be honest, I've been doing OK up to now, but starting to feel really quite worried now. I'm pretty sure that they don't have a case against me, but it's all seeming a bit 'real'. Any advice on whether I should respond again to either ECP or ControlAccount or just 'let it lie' would be greatly appreciated.