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Retired postman's anger over bailiff letters after refusing to pay an outstanding DVLA fine

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

Hucclecote resident James Lyons, 74, received a fine from the DVLA for having an untaxed vehicle despite him sending a letter

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ANGRY James Lyons has received bailiff letters after refusing to pay a £40 DVLA fine.

The retired postman from Hucclecote said he sent a first class letter to the authority in August last year to notify them that his Renault Megane car would be off the road.

He decided not to tax the vehicle, which costs £260 a year to tax, because he had to save some money for bills which he needed to pay.

Jim, 74, said: “I posted the letter at Eastern Avenue to tell the DVLA I am not going to tax the car for a few weeks. Now I have got a letter from debt collectors, giving me a final warning to pay this fine. I have explained the situation to them but they are not accepting any exceptions.”

While the car was not taxed Jim parked it on his driveway in Hucclecote.

He received a letter from DVLA in October last year saying the fine would be doubled to £80.

Jim said: “I have challenged this because I did not use my car. I asked friends to give me lifts for five weeks.

“I had a couple of big bills to pay and I needed the money. I am 74 and disabled - this is ridiculous.

“I have now got debt collector letters but I will not be paying the fine.”

The DVLA confirmed it has contacted Jim about the issue.

A spokesman said: “While we are not prepared to comment on this specific case, I can confirm that we have contacted James directly on this on several occasions.

“As previously advised, vehicle keepers are responsible by law to notify us of changes to their vehicle record and ensure the vehicle is taxed or declared off the road in a timely manner.

“This is critical to maintaining accurate records for road safety and assisting with on road policing as well as identifying and tracing those responsible for a vehicle and its use.

“If keepers don’t update their records they may be subject to enforcement, as failure to comply is an offence. When keepers tell us by post that their vehicle is off the road, they should receive an acknowledgement letter within four weeks. If they don’t, we advise them to contact us.”

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  • MrGarnet  |  February 14 2014, 10:22PM

    Every time I change my car I get some issue or other from the DVLA despite using dealers and filling in forms. Very poor set up. They are probably to busy selling info on to private clamper sharks than getting on with the job they are there to do.

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  • cortezcortez  |  February 14 2014, 7:31PM

    I recently part exchanged my old car for a new one the DVLA sent me a receipt stating there records have been updated and I am no longer the registered keeper. Today I received a tax disc reminder for it.

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