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  1. Hi all, I work for a trade plate car delivery company as a "self employed" contractor, delivering cars up and down the UK. I have 2 issues. They have made what I feel are unauthorised deductions from my wages. First time was a few weeks ago where they deducted £120 for a new tyre, as I had a puncture. This money was docked without warning. More worryingly, they are now trying to charge me £200 odd for supposed damage to a car I was driving, even though I worked on the job with another driver and he also drove the car part of the way. My question is, are they able to make deductions without giving notice? The contractor agreement states "it is the responsibility of the driver for any transit damage to any vehicle in between collection point and delivery point" and also "if any damage is missed, or any damage is made to the vehicle prior to delivery, you may be held responsible for all costs incurred, unless it is proven to be the fault of a third party". Nowhere on the agreement does it state they will make deductions from wages, just that "you may be held responsible". Surely that is a little ambiguous? Are they able to make deductions without proving you caused the damage? Are you liable by default unless you can prove otherwise? I'm hoping to file a claim in the county court for the money they are withholding. Would this be the correct way to proceed? I'm assuming an employment tribunal would be pointless as I'm not an employee and we're only taking about £500 total. I realise I've asked a lot of questions but any help you can provide would be most appreciated.
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