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  1. Dear All, Just to put it on records, I was not wearing a seatbelt, and was driving, until I reached a junction where I spotted a Police officer on motorbike, as I turned the corner I decided to wear the seatbelt, and a few minutes later the police officer caught-up with me, gave me a ticket to pay the £100 penalty. Naturally, as a human nature I did not want to pay the fine, and requested a court hearing, and the courts dismissed the prosecution case, as although I was spotted not wearing a seatbelt, but when the officer actually stopped me I was wearing the seat belt, so no offence was committed. Overzealous, and meaningless prosecution, and waste of tax payers money.
  2. Hi all, I'm new to this forum, I joined specifically just to have this query answered, so any advice is much appreciated. I was pulled over tonight driving from my in-laws to my home,a very short trip, with no seatbelt on. Yes, I should have been wearing it regardless of the speed I was going or the distance I was travelling but I just simply didn't put it on. The policeman said that he was giving me a fixed penalty notice of £100. £100 a couple of weeks before Christmas that I cannot - in any way, shape or form - pay in one go. I was told that I cannot pay in instalments, and that if I don't pay within 28 days it will be passed on to the court. I hold my hands up and acknowledge that I should have had my seatbelt on, but really ... really ... £100? ... what purpose does me paying £100 serve? it is ridiculous. Surely the government cannot justify the amount they charge people by saying it serves as a deterrent for future traffic offences. Put me on a 3 hour driving awareness course and make me pay for the tuition costs i receive - that is more than a suitable and effective deterrent. Taking £100 off people is robbery. I've just had to pay £20 to update my photocard driving license, when changing things like name and address on your license are free .. . how is updating a photo a worthy of a £20 fee when updating the text on the document free? the officer SAID he was giving me a £100 penalty notice, but has actually written no amount on the FPN itself. I have essesntially signed to say that I will pay (blank) within 28 days or they will increase the charge by 50% and pass it over to the court. Seeing as though I've signed the notice, the policeman has written the notice, but there is no amount stated on the notice, is there any way that this could serve as a request to pay zero? Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this.
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