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No car tax - court summons


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Hi,

 

 

I have recieved a summons to court for having no car tax.

Basically I got the car last October and received a fine in December for £90, I thought the car was taxed but it turns out the tax disc was under the private reg so contacted the person who sold it and they said previous owner took the private plate and he didn't realise disc wasnt in correct reg plate. He asked for proof of disc which we sent but he kept saying he'd not received it. Like a moron I forgot all bout it and its still in taxed and didn't pay fine.

What will happen at court ? It says a maximum find of £1000??

Do I have to go to court ?

Is it worse if I don't ?

On the paperwork it asks to complete financial info and after debts, bills, rent etc i have very little left - will they ask for a lot of money on the day ?

Help please

Ps I know I'm an idiot and should of paid the fine :( cant change that now though

Thanks for reading.

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Yeah it was but when you glance at it I just noticed the date & didn't really pay attention to the reg plate, as did the dealer who sold it to me. It wasn't till I recieved fine that I realised.

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Hi,

 

On the actual advert it said road tax option but when I bought it he said it was taxed for 6 months & had the tax disc on (but in prev reg number) .

I rang dealer and he said he'd pay 6 month tax and to send him copy of disc but he hasn't replied. I have email copies of the disc but no postal proof

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So it seems you were aware of there being no tax. What you should do is tell the court the full story and pass them copies of the correspondence you have with the dealer in the hope of getting your fine as low as possible, you will have to pay for the missing months though.

 

You should write to the dealer and request that he sends you a cheque by return for six months tax, as promised, quote the amount, and tell him he has 7 days to respond. Send it by a recorded delivery method or by hand and get a receipt.

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Unless its going to cost you to go to Court a personal appearance always goes down better.

 

I agree with that. I wasn't fined anything, just had to pay the back tax. I think it was because I was able to explain my circumstances directly to the magistrate.

 

And to add, the look on the DVLA mans face was a right picture.

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Hi

 

So I sent letter to the dealer and got a cheque for the tax, I sent letter to court with emails to dealer/letter I sent plus the tax disc in previous reg.

I got a letter back saying I need to pay fine / court fees and back dated tax altogether under £300. They said from 1st may I need to pay £10 fortnightly so very pleased with result !!

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Something for the Consumer Law sooner than Motoring ones.

 

If the Dealer has acknowleged his neglect (by sending payment) would it not follow he should pay the resulting costs arising?

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