Found 31st Oct 2016
Back in April I have been issued with 2 PCN's from Haringey council for not following the road sign; as I was in the process of moving house when I appeal for the pcn, I requested to get a reply through my new address. Since then I haven't heard anything from them but then about three weeks ago I found my car clamped. When I dialed to the phone number stuck on my wind screen; the guy explained that he is a bailiff and he works for Equita, he proceed to tell me I owe the council the fine and unless I paid for one of the PCN he wouldn't release the car. As I was on harry to pick up my children from the school and he told me I can challenge the clamping fee later I paid the fee, got my receipt and he promised me I will get the paper work through the post so I can challenge the fee.

Now t is been four weeks no paper work or anything, when I phone Equita every time they will refer me back to the bailiff, He (the bailiff) keeps promising I will get the paper ASAP. Today I told him it is been nearly four weeks and I haven't received anything he said I should pay another £500+ (which he claims to be a reduced rate) so I will be debit free and my car don't get clamped again.
My question is who can I speak to or where should I go to resolve this issue? I feel helpless the council is not helping either they said it is too late as they passed it to the bailiff; any advice and suggestion would be appreciated.
Thanks

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Not sure what you can do really as you would probably need to provide proof that you received no letters from them after you moved which would be hard ,
but I'm sure they could then argue you knew about the fines so the onus would be on you also to contact them and not just ignore it.
On a side note I thought clamping wasn't allowed now.
guess councils can do.

Have you rung the council? Ask them to send copies of the letter to your new address or email them (if they have proof, this should be simple for them to do).

Try posting on this forum:

forums.moneysavingexpert.com/for…163

They are more equipped to give you a better understanding of your options

Edited by: "thamiz" 31st Oct 2016

talk to cab or get a solicitor.

For a bailiff to have the legal right to clamp your car there should have been a court hearing. You need to apply to the court to get it set aside as you were not notified. (you did update the address to DVLA?)

No advise sorry, but what a nightmare

Youve paid the first fee now the bailiff wants another 500 on top for makin a mistake on a road sign? This sounds a bit excessive am i missing something op?

Really feel for you, id suggest visiting here pepipoo.com/ as they will have very good knowledge of these things.

I would also suggest reading up on the rules on clamping if you haven't all ready, they are not allowed to clamp your car on private land, so try and keep your car off the road whenever you leave it near your home until you sort this out.

Original Poster

123batman321

Youve paid the first fee now the bailiff wants another 500 on top for … Youve paid the first fee now the bailiff wants another 500 on top for makin a mistake on a road sign? This sounds a bit excessive am i missing something op?



​yes it is for two PCN, according to him the £512 I have paid previously is only for one ticket and the other 500+ he is demanding now is at discounted rate oO if I don't pay him it will go up to £1000+ oO shocking isn't it?

Anyway I am at CAB for advice will update you guys soon. Thanks for the replies it was greatly appreciated.

Original Poster

Hello guys,
I am not sure if some people remember I posted about two months ago about clamping fee, as my car has been clamped for two unpaid PCN's; which I appealed but didn't got the response through my new address. what is annoying is they keep sending the paper work to my old address (which I don't have access anymore) but come to my new address for clamping.
So when it was clamped back in Oct I paid £500+ release fee and appealed to Traffic Enforcement Centre (statutory declaration) and it been refused. while I was figuring out the appeal process, which I was told I will only have 14 days: yet this morning I found my car clamped again and the bailiff has a cheek to tell me all the letters has been hand delivered to my address and I have 4 PCN's which I have no clue about.

Sorry guys if my post does not make sense I am so overwhelmed with the whole situation. Can someone please advice on how I can end this issue. The council is not helping me either as every time I contacted them about the issue as they refer me back to equita.

All Equita want is money money money. Although I paid them the £500+ two months ago they recon that is only for one PCN. They need another £513.00 today. and I was told there are two more tickets which I have no clue about. I know it is my fault for not updating my address on the V5 ASAP but the amount of money requested is not fair for the mistakes I have made. Especially when I have no clue about the PCN.

Can someone please suggest what is my best option? please help.
Thanks
Betty

Original Poster

Can some one please reply I did try to post a new question(the top post) but for some reason HUKD wont let me therefore I have to copy and paste my question on the reply box. Please advice.
Thanks

I'm pretty sure a private organisation legally isn't allowed to clamp you, I think the fact you paid originally has let them know you are an easy target. I'd have cut through the clamp or changed the wheel.

askthe.police.uk/con…htm

I'd contact your local MP or someone high up in the council.
Edited by: "dcx_badass" 11th Jan

Original Poster

dcx_badass

I'm pretty sure a private organisation legally isn't allowed to clamp … I'm pretty sure a private organisation legally isn't allowed to clamp you, I think the fact you paid originally has let them know you are an easy target. I'd have cut through the clamp or changed the wheel.https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q528.htmI'd contact your local MP or someone high up in the council.


Thanks for your reply but the PCN is from the council, they passed it to Equita as all my letters went to my old address and they didn't get a response. Also when I visit CAB last time the lady advised to lock my car in the garage and to write to equita, which I think is not really helpful as I don't have a garage or know someone who dose.
Edited by: "Betty21" 11th Jan

It's your own fault for not updating the address in the first place now you have to pay the scum it's been passed onto not agreeing with them i hate these scum and these prey on people like yourself who think it will go away now you have a even bigger bill to pay gutted for you but thats life.

Did you set up a Royal Mail redirection so your post was forwarded to your new address?

Original Poster

waterloo

It's your own fault for not updating the address in the first place now … It's your own fault for not updating the address in the first place now you have to pay the scum it's been passed onto not agreeing with them i hate these scum and these prey on people like yourself who think it will go away now you have a even bigger bill to pay gutted for you but thats life.



​yes, I know I should have updated my address or forward my mail to the new address
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