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    • Hello I've got a parking ticket, see here... https://ibb.co/DfHqg9F https://ibb.co/QvqH52m https://ibb.co/pbPPdDg https://ibb.co/X2F1X25 I've been parking at a particular corner in a small Tesco car park for years. Recently they put two electric charging plugs, one where that spot is and one at the bay next door, so I stopped using them out of courtesy in case they need to be used (I use that Tesco every day and drive past every day but have yet to see anyone use them). Recently I went back to Tesco when it was reasonably dark. All the bays were full, including the three blue badge bays. I have one but none of the cars parked in the bays did, I noticed as I walked past them (nobody ever gets pulled for that because Tesco have never policed this small car park before). Since there was two free electric bay spaces, and since I wasn't going to be long (just one product), I parked into my former 'regular' spot. There was a notice on the wall but if I'm honest I didn't read it because (a) I'm thick, and (b) I honestly thought it was just telling people how to use the device (like I said, I'm thick) rather than this being a parking fine. I went back during daylight and the sign is very obvious (as you can see from the picture), although not so obvious at night, although probably still obvious enough for you to tell me "tough luck, pal". Now they want £100 or £60 if I pay quickly. Am I doomed?
    • Hi All   After a bit of advice to see where I stand. Bought a car in Sept 2022 on pcp. Been told it had a big inspection and was good to go. Had many issues with it throughout the year including trims coming off the car and sunroof not closing.   While getting the sunroof repaired at month 12, in Sept 2023, the bodyshop guy said your cars been in a bad accident. Garage said it hasn't but offered to take the car back at half of what I paid for it as long as I buy a replacement from them before inspecting it (probably damage control) (car was £78k, said they'd offer £40k "trade in value" as if doing me a favour).   Ended up getting a forensic inspection done for £2400 in Dec 2023, confirmed car was in a bad smash (write off level but unrecorded on hpi) and potentially unsafe to drive - front end is slightly bent towards 1 side, what looks like a hairline crack on the chasis, overspray, bonner with patches of filler all over it, damaged rubbers etc   Raised complaint to finance company and few weeks ago to FOS... just wondering what people's experiences have been like going through the FOS, main thing that concerns me is that it was 12-13 months after I bought the car that I realised what caused these issues and raised the issue to the garage/ finance co but the damage/ misaligned panels are actually visible in the advert photos which I saved thankfully.    Dealership has had my car for 4 weeks to let a few bodyshops look at it (without giving me a courtesy car!!!) Not giving me any updates either because I went to the FOS about it and didnt want to speak to them over the phone anymore as opposed to emails. Note: hanging trim was reported within 3 months but due to part delays it didn't come until like July 2023, within 2 months the piece came off again, claimed under repairers warranty for another replacement 6 weeks ago and within 2 weeks this time the trim is coming off AGAIN (assuming it won't stay on due to the car being actually bent out of shape slightly)   Any idea if I have a good case or if there's anything else I can do?   Thanks
    • After the dealer failed to refund the money I checked the sort code and account number to reveal which bank received the money. It turned out to be HSBC BUSINESS DIRECT ONLINE. I called them and they confirmed the account name wasn’t Langley Cars though obviously didn’t tell me the correct account name. My bank contacted HSBC after I reported this to be fraud and they did in fact do a charge back but reversed the decision when the dealer sent a copy of the receipt he gave me for the deposit where it said it was non-refundable. I said that doesn’t mean anything when the car should never have been put on the forecourt when it was a death trap, and not fit for purpose.   The MOT revealed only a few of the faults which he agreed to correct in a week as I needed the car to travel out of London for work. He didn’t meet that deadline either because there were other more serious problems as identified by my independent car check. The same mechanic informed the dealer of these faults. The car wasn’t fixed by the agreed date due to the extensive repairs needed. So he was in breach of our contract on many levels.    I requested the bank find out the correct name of the account and they said the only information they had was like you said was the account number and sort code. I challenged the bank stating that whenever I create a new payee if the name doesn’t match the registered account name, it declines the creation of the proposed payee. So what happened in this instance?    I checked company’s house using the address from where the dealership is located and there was neither the two names, one was aa advertised in AUTOTRADER and the other on the courtyards entrance. I thought as I had made payment to the dealers ‘Trading as’ name that it would more than likely be enforceable than any other. Indeed the Bailiff was the one to call me and say that a variation of the warrant of control needed to be done before he could go and enforce the order. I cross-checked the address on Companies House website and got 3 different business names. Only one appears to be car related.  I am unsure as to what I can do within the variation of the warrant which the bailiff felt was appropriate. I will speak to him again Monday. 
    • Their PCN does not comply with the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 Schedule 4. iit was not posted until 13 days after the event for one thing meaning it would be deemed to arrive on the 15th day instead of the 14th day. Now though we cannot expect that your PCN also missed the deadline there were still two other things wrong with the wording of the PCN that if your PCN has the same wording as your friends means that your PCN would not be compliant either. Their PCN does not specify the period of parking as required n the Act. It does show the ANPR arrival and departure dates but as those times include driving from the entrance to finding a parking place then later driving from the parking place to the exit cannot be described as a parking period. I suspect that the " Important Note" on your form will also not comply though I cannot be sure until we see your actual PCN.The reason I can't confirm that is because they sent out the PCN too late they have said that they are pursuing your friend on the assumption that they were the driver as well as the keeper-something that Courts do not accept. But it does look as if your PCN is not compliant which means that the keeper cannot be held liable to pay the charge. Only the driver can be made to pay it. If you have not appealed and revealed who was driving, there is no way that  Excel know who was driving.  So just to be sure please send them an SAR . On another topic do you have any proof that you did not stay there for so long just to really spoil Excel's day.
    • As your first PCN was a Notice to Driver which would have been followed by a Notice to keeper over a month later [even though it may only state Parking Charge notice] it is even more necessary to send PE an SAR. If either document fails to comply with the Protection of Freedoms Act  2012 Schedule 4 then both you and your father are in the clear. So you do not need to worry about is any paperwork from unregulated debt collectors and fifth rate solicitors. The only thing to look out for is a Letter of Claim and all you have to do is respond with a snotty letter back to them .  
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hey guys,

 

 

this is my first forum post,

 

 

i found a freedom pass on the ground and

 

 

used it on the bus

 

 

turns out inspectors got on the bus and yeah karma,

 

 

guys i am shaken to the ground

 

 

I dont know what to do

 

 

i gave the guy my real name and dob but a different address,

 

 

what should i do,

 

 

I am shaking as i type this.

 

 

please help me

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was this only one journey?

 

 

tell us the full history

 

 

be honest

 

 

 

 

 

 

dx

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DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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nothing to be scared about.

 

 

one trip , you got caught.

 

 

await the letter that you might get.

 

 

have a read of a few like threads here

 

 

you'll soon get the idea.

 

 

dx

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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hey guys,

 

 

this is my first forum post,

 

 

i found a freedom pass on the ground and

 

 

used it on the bus

 

 

turns out inspectors got on the bus and yeah karma,

 

 

guys i am shaken to the ground

 

 

I dont know what to do

 

 

i gave the guy my real name and dob but a different address,

 

 

what should i do,

 

 

I am shaking as i type this.

 

 

please help me

 

1) how old are you (as in "18 or over" or "under 18")?

2) is the "fake address" likely to lead them to you? Or your name & DofB??

3) how much would you be willing to bet they won't trace you?? (If you contact them with your correct address they will almost certain prosecute for the pass abuse if you are over 18 ..... If you don't contact them with your correct address and they find you : they'll prosecute you for the original offence & for the false address ........)

 

4) is the "fake address" one you could receive post at?

If you could, you can always get the letter they send you there, and reply "updating your address" (telling them your "new" address, which will at least circumvent the "fake address" issue!

 

You are asking for help - what help do you want? What is your desired (realistic!) outcome?

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nothing to be scared about.

 

 

one trip , you got caught.

 

 

await the letter that you might get.

 

 

have a read of a few like threads here

 

 

you'll soon get the idea.

 

 

dx

 

Dx, they gave a fake address.

If it was completely faked : how are they going to get any correspondence?

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im over 18,

i know the person who lives there,

i am not registered on that address at all but

 

 

im worried because of my name and date of birth,

 

 

yeah i made a visit today and there was a letter there asking for my side of the story,

 

 

i could just RTS it back,

i told the ticket dude i moved houses thats why im not registered there,

so lets use the word hypothetical and say if i were to just to ignore it

would they be able to trace me?

 

 

my realistic out come would be to turn my back on this and never repeat this mistake again

 

 

i just dont want a criminal record

 

 

its gonna haunt me for the rest of my life,

 

 

if were to plead guilty and apologize with all my heart the chances of me getting a criminal record is a 100%

judging by 327 forum posts i have read over the past day or so,

 

 

what would you advise me to do?

 

 

i know im being an ass at this point for wanting the best of both worlds,

i would pay the fine but the criminal record is just so damn harsh it ruins my chance of getting into a good career

tbh i didnt even know it was such a big crime

 

 

i feel so irritated at myself,

my mind is breaking down and

i havent been able to eat im worried sick,

but please help me to the best of your ability. thank you

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Put it this way, if you don't get in touch with TfL and actually give them your real address, the following situation will happen:

 

1) You won't get the letters or chance to explain your version of events;

2) Eventually a court summons will be issued, in your name;

3) You will be found guilty in your absence, issued with a fine and costs, probably around £500-£600

4) You won't get the reminder letters for payment

5) Bailiffs will then get involved and trace you via other methods

6) Either your goods/belongings will be seized and sold, or you will be arrested and brought before a court to explain non payment which could lead to imprisonment.

7) When this actually ends up happening, trying to reset the process with a statutory declaration will be somewhat laughable when you give the court your reason for not receiving notice of court!

 

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX own up before it spirals way out of hand.

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thanks for the support man, but i have read threads on harsh they are, first timers get done in hard too :(, after they send the letter asking about your side of the story do they send anymore or is it a summons letter straight after that.

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no its not.

 

 

send a pleading letter like what you have seen here already

 

 

be honest

be short & don't waffle.

 

 

1st offence

chance of ruining future jobs

 

 

offer to pay Equiv fine & admin fees too

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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alright buddy im gonna trust you on this and go for it,

 

 

just a quick question and

 

 

if i receive a criminal record,

 

 

how long does it stay before its gone from my name im over 18,

 

 

this is a minor crime right?

 

 

will it haunt me for the rest of my life?

 

 

i have done many google searches but im still confused.

 

 

thank you for all your help

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unsure sorry

 

 

but the info is here.

read the threads

 

 

look for posts by the oldcodja

 

 

it was an optimistic thing you did

 

 

it was not in the true sense of things 'pre meditated'

 

 

there are also examples of the kind of letter to send dotted around too.

 

 

in experience here

there are very few cases whereby a first-timer actually gets a record for a single 'offence'

 

 

you will also come across those posts and poster that paint a 'worst case scenario'

 

 

IMHO this does not apply to you.

 

 

ok you made a mistook

but the system is not there to ruin the rest of your life.

 

 

dx

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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Hi New1

 

You can now consider writing to the company as you have the reference number, in your letter quote the Ref Number on the letter. An example of a letter can be found in post no.18 in the link below. Amend it accordingly so you quote the correct byelaw in the letter and that applies to your case. Don't copy the letter.[/url]link3.gifYour letter needs to have more substance and be personalized to your particular case. Convey that you regret your actions and are apologetic. Send it Recorded Delivery.

 

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk...ly-travel-card

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if i receive a criminal record,

 

 

how long does it stay before its gone from my name im over 18,

 

 

this is a minor crime right?

 

 

will it haunt me for the rest of my life?

 

If convicted and fined?

 

http://www.nacro.org.uk/what-we-do/resettlement-advice-service/reforms-to-the-rehabilitation-of-offenders-act/

 

You'd need to declare a fine (only) for 1 year from conviction, unless the post you were applying for was "exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act", where you would ALWAYS have to declare it. (For example most jobs in healthcare or 'administration of justice', you would always have to declare it)

 

The picture is less clear for immigration / visa purposes (eg for visiting the USA), as the Rehab of Offenders legislation doesn't apply. Since "making a false declaration" is more likely to be an issue than revealing a minor conviction : better to be honest and upfront well ahead of time, obtaining a visa (and not relying on a "visa waiver").

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hi guys just another question do i have to write the apology letter separately or do i write it on the form tfl sent to me as to explain my side of the story and again thank you so very much for your helo

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If it's easier for you to use a separate piece of paper do so, I think they are more interested in the content, then the media.

Just write 'sheet attached' on their TFL form. But remember to staple it.

 

hi guys just another question do i have to write the apology letter separately or do i write it on the form tfl sent to me as to explain my side of the story and again thank you so very much for your helo
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ahh worst fears realized i have received a court summons, what do I do? I am going insane I dont know what to do please help me

 

What was your reply to them?

Have you sought an out of court settlement??

 

If so, what could / would you change in your reply for them to consider not prosecuting?

 

You can't MAKE them not prosecute, but look to giving them reasons not to do so.

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I guess that by now, having read through many posts on the same subject on this forum and perhaps others, you will probably be aware that TfL treat this kind of 'abuse of trust' very seriously.

 

This is because Freedom Passes are paid for by public money and are only provided for the use of vulnerable persons, or those in genuine need.

 

It is definitely the case that prosecution is the most likely outcome in this case. We know that you will now realise that, not only did you misuse the Freedom Pass thereby avoiding payment of your fare, but by you giving a false address, any prosecution staff reading the account of this incident will be very confident of success.

 

Did you receive just one Summons alleging an offence of 'intending to avoid a fare', or do the papers also allege a separate charge of 'did give a false address' ?

 

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that you may yet escape conviction although the likelihood of the latter is very high, but you will be well advised to seek qualified legal advice. An initial consultation with a solicitor who specialises in criminal law and who is known at the Court to which you have been summonsed need not cost you very much. The legally trained eye should be given a chance to look over the papers that you have received to see if there are any mistakes and to give you a realistic assessment of your chances.

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Well someone sure got up out the wrong side of the bed in the early hours!!

 

I certainly do not agree with you calling the people who give up their time to help those in need for free, mostly idiots....

 

We have people on CAG who work in the Railway industry, doing jobs such as Revenue Inspectors & so forth. They try giving the best advice they can for an OP situation, as quite a lot of people come here scared & they certainly do not have the funds for Solicitors.

 

So they come to ask for advice, help & talk through their options. I can only imagine that someone facing possible Court action &/or having a Criminal record, who has no access to paid legal advice would be sat at home frantic & fearing the worst, with noone to turn too!!

 

At least by coming here, they share them fears & concerns, & they get advised on how to go about writing to the Prosecution team for an out of court settlement.

 

And it works!!

 

Take a read around the many, many threads, where you will see for yourself, how the advice given worked out for that OP.

 

No it is not 100% guaranteed that an OP will receive an out of court settlement, but there are many cases where it has.

 

So please in future before you go around calling people idiots on here, take the time to see how the advice given actually helped the OP!

 

That's what CAG is about!

I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every single minute of it!!

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Ha! the one post that might of actually helped the guy has been deleted!

 

I wasn't referring to everyone one this forum as I did state there are some genuine comments which help, but rainbow tears even you can't totally disagree with what i am saying

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