Council targets persistent evadersPublished Monday, 19th September 2016
People who are persistently evading parking fines with unregistered vehicles could see their vehicles towed away in a new crackdown.
As well as targeting the owners of these unregistered vehicles, Rotherham Council will be taking action against drivers who have parked dangerously or are causing obstructions.
The Council is currently investigating several vehicles which have no registered keeper and continue to be issued with penalty charge notices (PCNs).
The Council’s Parking Services Manager, Martin Beard, said that the situation can cause safety issues for other highway users, including pedestrians, as well as meaning that the Council’s normal debt recovery procedures cannot be implemented.
Because of this the Council’s Parking Service will be removing offending vehicles in an attempt to prevent further unsafe parking activities and to assist in the recovery of the debts.
“The Traffic Management Act* currently states that a vehicle is the subject of “persistent evader” status when there are three unpaid PCNs for which enquiries to DVLA have provided no registered keeper,” explained Martin.
“We will take action where there are found to be six outstanding PCNs and remove the offending vehicle to a pound. The vehicle can be released upon payment of the release fee (currently set at £105.00 by legislation), storage costs plus payment for the PCN.”
He added that before release the keeper must provide photographic identity plus proof of address to enable the recovery of any outstanding parking debt.
Parking Services will also be removing any parked vehicles that are causing a hazard to other highway users, including pedestrians. If a vehicle is contravening a restriction, for example a double yellow line and it is causing a hazard, obstruction or congestion it may be immediately issued with a PCN and removed to a pound.
Councillor Denise Lelliott, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, welcomed the initiative. She said: “It is not acceptable for a minority of drivers to break the law by not registering vehicles with DVLA or deliberately registering incorrect details. We intend to tackle this problem with appropriate, lawful action and hopefully the message will get through that we will not accept this type of activity.”
* The Traffic Management Act (TMA) 2004 legislates for councils to act against multiple PCN evaders by immobilising or removing the vehicle in an attempt to obtain the identity of the vehicle keeper.