Does it say that BW have acquired the debt in the letter?
What’s the status of BW? Are they solicitors? It will say so at the bottom of the letterhead. Maybe a trading style.
It unlikely that it is public land/local authority charge. Please confirm it was on private land, supermarket car park or suchlike.
Thank you. They are trying it on. Write to them and tell them that as the alleged incident (it is not an offence) took place prior to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, this parking charge is only enforceable against the driver and not the registered keeper.
Tell them to contact the driver but don’t tell them who the driver was!
If the alleged incident is 6 years ago, you can also tell them that their claim is statute barred under the Limitation Act 1980 and hence, they are out of time to enforce this.
If they are not out of time yet, but will be in a couple of weeks, you might want to acknowledge the letter and tell them that you are investigating and that you will get back to them in due course and then write to them after the six year period ends.
I think they are indeed hoping that some mud will stick.
Can I clarify anything else for you?
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Don’t worry whether you were the driver or not. Don’t say whether you were or not.
Don’t worry who was driving.
Just tell them to contact the driver but don’t give any names. The changed in October 2012 to make these charges enforceable against the registered keeper but before that, they are only enforceable against the driver and you don’t have to say who the driver is. You don’t have to deny it, you just don’t say anything. You don’t have to self incriminate.