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    • OK, but I would advise that you keep clear in your mind what you want to achieve. I would think that you want to have free and clear title to the car.   To get that, I would say you already have enough to have your solicitor put a letter together and approach MB, without the co-operation of the seller. They may well just issue the title and you're done, after all I doubt this is the first time this has happened to them. If not, you can still pursue the seller via your solicitor but given that he is a scammer I wouldn't hold out much hope of him suddenly coming clean!   Just my opinion, I'm not a solicitor but I have been in situations not unlike this and know that it easy to make things more complicated for yourself by not 'keeping your eyes on the prize'.   Best of luck.
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    • yes sadly thats how the sharks work.   i've moved you topic to the blemain forum.   100's of threads to read here. but you are doing the best thing for now and thats get all the info. there could well be £100's if not £1000's in unlawful penalty fees too.        
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Could some one help me with a querie i have.


I understand that the rules that apply to traffic wardens say that they have to be wearing all the proper uniform and that includes a hat. If they are not then the ticket becomes invalid.


I was wondering if the same applied for train ticket inspectors.


If anyone knows the answer or knows of somewhere i could find this information then please let me know


thanks in advance

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Hi obprestige,

RPI's ( Revenue Protection Inspectors ) do not have to be in uniform. On some lines especially in the S/E area they do carry out plain clothes operations. When in uniform they do not have to be wearing their hat as they can be identified by the rest of their uniform or on production of ID if requested.

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Additionally, a lot of their powers come from the Railways Act.

Frederickson - CCA Sent 11/4/07 - Lost - Claiming back from post office

Connaught Collections - CCA Sent 11/4/07 - No Agreement - returned to client

Lowell - CCA sent 11/4/07 - No agreement - returned to client

Moorcroft - CCA Sent 11/4/07 - No Agreement - returned to client

Red Castle - CCA Sent 11/4/07 - Copy returned but no T&C's

Robinson Way - CCA Sent 16/5/07

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I was stopped by a plain clothes RPI outside a tube station. I had travelled to Hammersmith to deliver some work I had been working all day and all night on. I put my adult travel card in the electronic barrier and walked through once it had opened. Now there was no one in front of me or behind me (or near me) so it was obvious my ticket had worked. Suddenly this angry man approached from the side as I reached the shopping centre (about twenty five yards away from the barrier) and aggressively demanded to see my ticket, which I had now put away. because he was in plain clothes and had not come from the barriers, and because I had come through the barriers correctly, I thought he was going to mug me and asked him 'Why'. He then flashed something that was ID shaped but said nothing other than repeat his angry demand to see my ticket so I flashed it had him but he asked to see it again. I got my ticket out and held it so he could see it but he went to grab hold of it. This alerted me to my first suspicions so I pulled it away from him slightly but he still managed to take the ticket off me but I knew he was not going to steal it as he began looking at it. He looked at it and gave it back to me and did not say a word.


Now I had to hand this project in and had been working every minute in my rough clothes and I could have done with a shave. I think this man treated me shabbily because of my appearance and it did not matter to him that I had paid for my travel. I was surprised though that he was plain clothes because he was technically outside the station and was likely to cause distress. I was also surprised that a plain clothed RPI had stopped me after I had successfully departed using the ticket barrier.

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Could some one help me with a querie i have.


I understand that the rules that apply to traffic wardens say that they have to be wearing all the proper uniform and that includes a hat. If they are not then the ticket becomes invalid.


I was wondering if the same applied for train ticket inspectors.


If anyone knows the answer or knows of somewhere i could find this information then please let me know


thanks in advance


That is a common misconception the law states a PA must be in uniform ie easily identifiable it states no where about hats and some councils don't even provide hats. The uniform worn must state the name of the council and the PAs officer no. If missing a part of the uniform made the ticket invalid it would require PAs to walk the streets in summer in winter jackets instead of shirts which would be rediculous.

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