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Hi Alex , yes the pcn was issued by the council for driving in a bus lane in October 2013. Yes I did
Hi Alex , are you there? ?
No I have not paid anything as yet and I am in the process of changing my address details
Yes they had the address that the vehicle was registered to but I had already moved and had no forwarding address. .I did a notice about driving in a bus lane..
So the address they had was the old address and they sent the documents there.
Why did you not update the address with the DVLA?
When did you move and what date was the offence please?
Yes it was the old address. I didn't update with the DVLA because I had no place to actually register my vehicle at the time. The reason I moved was because I had just separated from my wife so I was staying with friends and family.Its complicated but I would say from about December 2013 January 2014
Ok - thats bad news. As you know its a legal requirement to update the DVLA when you change address, as you did not then all the notices and legal paperwork would have gone to the old address
If there would have been a redirection then you would also have gotten that, but you don't need me to tell you that
However there are steps you can take to reduce the bill
First you will have to pay it to get your car released.
But then you can challenge the bailiff fees
You can do this in Court and ask the Court to subject the fees to what is called 'detailed assessment'
A costs officer / Judge will go through each and every item to see whether the time and rate charged is reasonable for each piece of work
If not the Judge can reduce or disallow it
But a word of warning, if you seek a detailed assessment and the Judge considers the charges reasonable you have to pay the bailiffs legal costs of attending
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Because of the time frame from the actual intervention up until now , in your experience to you think the judge will be able to reduce or disallow. .and what would the cost of the bailiffs legal bill if it went pear shaped?
The cost of a detailed assessment could be £500. In reality its hard to challenge as the rates are set by government and of course there is the issue of the non change of address which is a hurdle.
Does that help?
Thanks again. .will I be able to save the conversation? ?