Hi so, I will try to be succinct!
We all know the law changed, but I didn't quite get it. I bought a car second hand, it came with a tax disk, I thought I was fine for a few months. Obviously I wasn't, I understand that, and am happy to pay a REASONABLE amount because of this.
I was caught on camera on 21st December near Oxford.
I was caught on my home street in London on 13th January.
I was clamped on 14th of January, costing me £100 to get out. I taxed my car that same day.
On 15th January I get two letters, both dated 14th January - obviously these would not be received until after I got clamped.
One letter referred to being caught on camera in December, charging me £117.
The second letter referred to being caught on 13th January, asking me to pay £145.
On phoning the DVLA, I was told I am supposed to pay BOTH fines. PLUS the £100 for the clamping. DO the maths if you want but it's a lot of money, for one (accidental) offence.
I wrote a nice long, detailed letter of appeal, asking for a reasonable reduction and consolidation of these "out of court settlements). I have just received a letter telling me that none of my reasons were valid, and I still have to pay everything.
Shall I fight it? It seems a crazy system, even if I swallow the fee for the clamping, having to pay twice for the same offence. And the fact that they seem to have KEPT THE DECEMBER OFFENCE BACK UNTIL THEY CAUGHT ME AGAIN, SENDING LETTERS FOR BOTH THE OFFENCES ON THE SAME DAY seems either very sneaky, to get maximum money from me, or at least very bad admin.
If I do fight it, where will the court case be held? Locally to me or in Swansea? Anyone know?
If I do fight it, how much might I have to pay if I lose?
If I do fight it, anyone know my chances? Should I just pay because offences are offences?
Thanks all, looking forward to hearing your thoughts.