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  1. a recorded post costs about £1.80 for a standard size letter which is a cost we should not be expected to incur to cover for their incompetance and, AFAIK big organisations like the DVLA don't even have to sign for it their end anyway. I send documents of this kind using the "proof of posting" service though which is free at the post office counter and gives you sufficient evidence that you sent the document should you need it.
  2. crem

    New law on SORN.

    What a load of twaddle from Ashton West. Continous insurance was supposed to have been designed to keep uninsured cars off the road. I don't believe it has made any such benefit, I bet 90% of the people caught have been "innocent" motorists who didn't realise that even if it was parked on your drive, in bits, getting a major repair then it still needed to be insured (although only God knows why!!)
  3. Too late in this instance, but I would always recommend to anyone dealing with such important documents that, at the very least, you should get a "proof of posting" receipt from the post office. It costs nothing but would protect you when you can subsequently produce this receipt when needed such as to the court in this situation. Even better would have been to pay for a "signed for" delivery which costs about £1.10 for a standard size letter and you would then have been able to monitor that it was delivered on the postoffice web site.
  4. There should have been a 30 sign on both sides fo the road, facing the oncoming traffic. If the sign had been rotated away from you then get some photos of it like that before anyone corrects it and you may be able to appeal on the bassi of unclear signage. Was there only one 30 sign displayed and not one on each side of the road?
  5. In the space of 3 months last year I had done the full exam list! First had to take a medical to apply for my licence. Got my licence back in 2 weeks, did both theory tests the following week. Then passed practical test for my C licence the following month (have to send licence away again to get provional C+E licence took another 2 weeks) Then took C+E the following month. Start to finish took 14 weeks in total so I think they have really been stringing you along!
  6. They'll have to think of something as they are already set to loose income when "failure to display" tax disc doesn't exist after October as well
  7. If you passed a 30mph sign after the point at which the officer zapped you, then you were not yet within the 30mph zone. Once inside a 30 zone there are no further "reminder" or "repeater" signs posted as with 40,50 or 60 speed limit areas which must have repeaters typically attached to lampposts every now and again.
  8. hollowman, you are stll not giving us the precise details of where the impact took place on the roundabout so that people here can try to give you some reasonable opinion. If the impact took place prior to the Church Way exit, then it would seem the lorry had moved over too early and in that case you may have a valid claim as 100% the lorry driver's fault. If the impact took place after the Church Way exit in the area of the Grey Friar's exit, then by there you should have moved to lane 1 and the lorry should have been able to move to the now vacant lane 2 allowing you both to exit towards t
  9. It would still be described as a lane change on this particular roundabout and not a true spiral roundabout, but that is by-the-by as when I try to come up with the actual impact location using the photos in post 1, it may be that the crash happened prior to this Church Way/Grey Friar Rd area anyway, meaning the lorry shouldn't have needed to move over yet.
  10. A little bit more evidence to support my lane descriptions on the roundabout. If you look at the lane markings approaching the roundabout from Church Way, (the first exit you passed). There are 3 lanes to approach, and lane 1 and lane 2 are marked for the A19. So if you are on the roundabout, as you pass Church Way and Grey Friars Rd you are expected to be in lane 1 or lane 2 to get to your A19 exit. If, prior to this, the lorry is in the (legal) 3rd lane marked for the A19, how do you suppose he can get to his exit if he isn't allowed to execute his lane change from 3 to 2 as he passed Chu
  11. I'm looking at the Google Earth version of the roadabout and think you entered from the entrance to the right, (with a car park to your left hand side) and wished to take the 3rd exit from the roundabout. (1st is major exit to Church Way, 2nd is minor exit to Grey Friars Rd, 3rd is major exit to St Georges Bridge which you intended to take.) Your entrance had 4 lanes and you say you chose lane 3, which is ok at this point, but make a note that lane 4 is also marked as A19 and lets assume, as you can't be clear, that the lorry was in lane 4 also intending to exit to the A19 which he may al
  12. Might be best asking the DVLA helpline for that answer.
  13. I don't think getting a hearing after September helps avoid a ban as I think the "totting up" applies at teh time of the offence so the 15 points will still count. I think you are into needing a solicitor terratory definately
  14. It is the pupils choice. when you pass your test, the examiner "offers" to send off for your full licence but you can refuse the offer if you want. Most people accept of course, but sometimes they can't do it or you have another reason not to let them. eg they can't do it if a woman has recently married but takes the test under her maiden name. She will need to send her marraige certificate with the pass to get the new licence in her married name at the same time. Are you sure you asked the examiner to send off the paperwork at the end of your test? If you did, try contacting the test
  15. You didn't tell them you had sold the bike. You cannot rely on the fact that the new owner asked for a new V5, it was your responsibility to inform DVLA. As you didn't have the V5, you should have at least sent them a letter stating you had sold the bike. I can' see you getting out of the fine on this one.
  16. crem


    Even if you have lost your physical licence, any evidence that you have previously held one will good to prove. For example, have you needed to give a copy to an employer to be able to drive a company car; or have you used your driving licence as proof of ID for a rent or other similar type of application. If so any one of these businesses may have a copy on file that they can give you.
  17. I think cornishpixi is saying she still has her old paper-only type licence which it is still perfectly legal to have. I am not sure of any legal implication on whether she has broken any rules by not amending it to her married name, I suspect not. For example you can still have your passport in your maiden name but need to perhaps also present your marraige certificate if your other documents show a married name. I think women often have to use this method when going on honeymoon as the flights etc are more than likely booked in the name of Mr and Mrs Whateveritis
  18. DD I didn't say she was. If you go back to my original comment you will see it was aimed at other posters who were suggesting she should be claiming for such things as needing a holiday to recupperate from the stress. It is these "add-on" elements that affect all our insurances not the genuine claim for her pushchair, taxi fares perhaps to get to medical treatment etc. These are all, of course, fully valid things to make a claim for. Making up a value to cover the cost of a family holiday to "help you get over it" isn't.
  19. so why shold she be claiming to pay for a holiday?
  20. .and now we all understand why our insurance is so high. so many people on this thread advocating the claims culture that fuels it. If people could just seperate the direct financial loss (which should be claimed for and covered) and the ",,oh you need a couple of grand to pay for a holiday to recouperate..." then perhaps we could all enjoy a little bit lower insurances!
  21. crem

    V5 Yellow Part

    No it doesn't add the garage as another keeper but the complication in your particular case is that from your post I gather the car stillhas your private plate on and the garage were going to arrange the transfer of the plate. I suspect they cannot do this while the change of keeper (or in this case just the removal of you as keeper) is happening at the DVLA
  22. Not "stupidly thinking.." at all. Most sensible people would agree that is the logical thing to do, and I believe this is a proposal that is on the table now. Not sure if it is still "being considered" or is actually already in the pipeline.
  23. crem

    road tax refund

    29th of December was a Friday, so having closed for the night, they didn't actually "receive" it until Monday 2nd. I think you're on a loser with that claim.
  24. Most "official" checks are done electronically now anyway (such as when the police pull you over), so the paper disc is an ancient system long since due for abolition. Of course the DVLA will need to invent another fine system to replace the "failure to display" one that they get decent funds from at the moment.
  25. I think there is quite a lot of advise in the thread albeit somewhat clouded by certain peoples repetitive (and downright wrong) advise about the (non-existant) risk of huge costs following an appeal. 1 OP can pay it now and it will go away and he will be down the cost of the PCN 2 He can appeal it for free to the council and maybe win. Cost would be zero 3 He can appeal it for free to the council and maybe loose. Then pay it at the cost of the PCN. 4 On loosing he can appeal to PATAS for free and maybe win. Cost would be zero 5 He can appeal it for free to PATAS and maybe loose.
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