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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 21:29 
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Driver fined for missing tax disc - even though they no longer exist
"It's beyond reason," he says

By Emma Woollacott, Apr 21, 2015
Updated: April 23, 2015 5:19 AM

A Torquay driver is furious to have been fined for failing to display a valid tax disc - even though this stopped being a legal requirement six months ago.

Business owner Phil Haste was also accused of not showing a valid pay-and-display parking ticket, even though he had a valid parking permit on his dashboard.

The 60-year-old yacht broker is now refusing to pay the £50 fine.

"It's diabolical. The council employ these people to do a job for them and it's clearly not being presented clearly. They are obviously just trying to grab money where they can," Mr Haste tells the Torquay Herald Express.

"When I renewed my tax, I was told they wouldn't be sending me a paper disc because I didn't need one any more. I don't understand why I got this fine, it's beyond reason."

Torbay Council tells the Daily Mail that it isn't even its policy to fine drivers for road tax offences and that the ticket was a mistake. Mr Haste should appeal, it says.

The ticket issued to Mr Haste
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But this latest episode highlights the minefield that car tax has become since the government abolished paper tax discs on October 1 last year.

While people selling used cars could previously pass them on taxed and insured, this is no longer the case. Instead, the seller must reclaim any unused months, with buyers forced to tax their new cars from scratch.

The DVLA says that people should be aware of the new rules - but plenty aren't, and many drivers say they haven't received warning letters until after their cars have been clamped.

Indeed, an investigation by the Guardian recently found that thousands of drivers are falling foul of the new rules and being fined as much as £800 as a result. Before the changes, the DVLA was clamping about 5,000 vehicles a month - but this has now rocketed to more than 8,000.

There's also anger about the amount of money the DVLA is making from cars that are effectively taxed twice. The seller of the car can only claim for any full months of tax that remain unused, while the buyer has to start paying on the same day - making the DVLA as much as £40 each time.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 15:10 
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Clearly the parking attendant or whatever they are called pushed the wrong button. That's all.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 22:41 
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I'd suggest someone needs to push buttons at the council from what the report says
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Torbay Council tells the Daily Mail that it isn't even its policy to fine drivers for road tax offences and that the ticket was a mistake. Mr Haste should appeal, it says.


Why Should he have to appeal - as the only power to fine drivers for VED offences are DVLA, who taxed the vehicle, but in accordance with policy never issued a disc.What next- you park in a council car park, next to a dog warden van ,and get a ticket, issued by dog warden for having tyres they consider are low on tread. :shock:

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:47 
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Councils have far too much power (and think they are more powerful than they really are) Botach is right , the guy shouldn't have to appeal, the council know they are in the wrong so should cancel the ticket and write a letter of apology to the guy and put it in the local paper. These jumped up pratts need to be taken down a peg or two.

Of course, it would help if they didn't employ so many idiotic morons who are incapable of getting a job in the real world....and I'm not just on about the front line workers here either.

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It's one thing if a number of road users don't know a new rule of Law but for the Council enforcing a Law that no longer exists is just astounding! :(

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