Monday, 17 June 2013

Repeat parking offender's car taken

Car being towed away in Portsmouth
A persistent parking offender has had their car seized and impounded after racking up £18,000 in unpaid parking fines.

Portsmouth City Council took the action after the driver of the Peugeot 306 incurred 220 parking tickets and failed to pay the fines.
Despite repeated efforts from the council and contracted bailiffs to contact the owner, the car was finally clamped and seized from Somerset Road in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Councillor Jason Fazackarley, the local authority's cabinet member for traffic and transportation, said: "This is an extreme case which is why we have taken the necessary action to seize the vehicle after a blatant disregard by the owner.
"In addition to seizing the vehicle we will pursue legal action to recover the outstanding debt owned."

The car was impounded after the council used its parking enforcement powers, which means a car can be seized if the owner fails to pay after just three penalty notices and makes no effort to get in touch.

Vehicles removed by the council can be destroyed if the owner does not make contact and pay outstanding fines along with the removal and storage fees.

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