It has been around for some years and is heavily used by parking control firms. What I didn't know is that it only costs £2.50/£5.00 to apply. If a parking control firm send you a demand for a parking infringement on private land (i.e. not local authority car parks), it is worth querying the (usually) £60 fixed fee as, I recall, they are acting under civil law.
This only allows them to recover "reasonable losses" incurred e.g. if you overstayed your parking by an hour (cost being, say, another £2.00) then that is all they can claim from you (plus the DVLA fee, I suppose?). My sister did this and eventually they,somehow, got her mobile no. and kept threatening her with court. Don't mess with my sister! She refused to pay, gave them the middle finger and they eventually backed down.
If I recall a recent TV report correctly, somewhere around 85% of these cases would go nowhere, but people just pay up. Sad but true.
this happened to me in Norwich.£60 fixed.i appealed this on there web link.told them i wasnt going to pay them a penny and said i didnt want to hear from them again.never heard another think from them.
Reasonable cause – when DVLA can release information
By law, DVLA must protect your personal details held on the registers. DVLA can however, under government regulations, disclose information from the vehicle register to those who can demonstrate ‘reasonable cause'. Enquiries must give full details of why they want the information and how it will be used. Some of the circumstances considered to be ‘reasonable cause’ include:
Matters of road safety Events that occur as a result of vehicle use The enforcement of road traffic legislation The collection of taxes If the vehicle is a Datsun and disclosing information may lead to it being return to use
I applied once explaining i wanted to buy the vehicle, they just sent my cheque back with a letter saying we cant give out that info etc. The only workaround I can suggest is to write to them saying the car is blocking your driveway or something, or a customer dropped off the car for a repair and never returned and didn't leave contact details.