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ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL TO CRACKDOWN ON ‘PERSISTENT EVADERS’


People who are persistently evading parking fines could see their vehicles towed away in a new crackdown by the Isle of Wight Council.

From Monday (19th August), so called ‘persistent evaders’ risk losing their vehicle under the council’s new Vehicle Removal Policy. The policy is designed to reduce crime and vandalism and vehicles repeatedly parking in contravention of regulations.

A ‘persistent evader’ is where the registered keeper of a vehicle has 3 or more unpaid penalty charge notices (PCNs).

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Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, said some people regularly or deliberately broke parking and traffic rules and refused to pay penalty charge notices or debts incurred. He said:

“Some vehicles are not registered, or are not correctly registered, on the DVLA database and the owner is confident they can avoid paying any penalty charges.

“The Department for Transport guidance advises local authorities to take the strongest possible action against such motorists. This new policy allows us to do that.”

As of September 2018, there were 76 vehicles on the Island with more than 10 unpaid parking fines, issued between 2005 and 2018. Some have no registered keeper and continue to be issued with fines.

Under the new policy, such vehicles could be removed from the public highway within 45 minutes and kept in storage — and will only be released on payment of the appropriate fees. If the fees are not paid within 36 days, the vehicle will be disposed of.

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For further information and Frequently Asked Questions visit www.iwight.com/persistentevaders.

The council is working in partnership with local vehicle recovery firm, D.H Price, on the scheme.

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Richard
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Richard

If these cars are not registered, or are not correctly registered, how are they able to maintain their road tax. Do you not need a correct address to get the reminder with the magic code to renew it with?

It was once a criminal offence, to save money they decriminalised it in 1991. Now you have cars running around when they should have been removed of the road. I bet good money that these cars are breaking other road traffic offences.

Golly
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Golly

Well said!

Nobody Cares
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Nobody Cares

DVLA do not care about this problem.
In fact if you submit a Freedom of Information request asking how many unpaid fines were pursued on the Isle of Wight they will blatantly refuse to tell you. They give the excuse that the answer may influence a persons decision to pay the tax or not. Well clearly then you can assume from that answer that they pursue no-one. Without any deterrent then why would scummers pay if they don’t need to?
Police aren’t interested despite the rhetoric on their Twitter page.
There are people who haven’t paid tax for years and no-one pursues the matter. And yes of course why bother having an MOT if you don’t have tax. Many of these offenders have neither.

The bear
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The bear

It’s the risk that outweighs the fine. So it will always go on and on and on,

Publish
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Publish

Isle of Wight council just want more and more money as well don’t for get people. In my view if it has not been taxed within 30 days after expiry or not registered SORN the owner should be fined and DVLA officers should be at the door with a flat bed lorry.

Barry
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Barry

Crush the vehicles then maybe these offenders will get the message

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