Peterborough driver evades paying 31 parking fines racked up over five months

A driver has evaded paying 31 parking fines which he racked up over a five month period in Peterborough.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 5:00 am

The motorist was handed penalty charge notices (PCNs) totalling £2,170 after parking his Vauxhall Vectra illegally in seven different city locations, but attempts to get him to pay the fines have so far proved fruitless.

The unnamed driver has been referred to Cambridgeshire police but the force was unable to confirm with the Peterborough Telegraph the result of any investigation.

Peterborough City Council declined to provide a photo of the vehicle as it is “personal information”.

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A penalty charge notice
A penalty charge notice

The 31 unpaid fines - which would have been halved from £70 to £35 if paid within 14 days - were the most for any vehicle in 2020 in Peterborough.

Of those 31 which were issued, 23 were in Midgate.

However, attempts to recoup the money have proved fruitless as the culprit had not registered the Vectra with the DVLA at the time the offences were committed.

The council said: “This vehicle received all 31 PCNs between August and December 2020.

“After 28 days of issue, if the PCN is not paid the council will ask for the registered keeper from the DVLA to pursue the penalty against the keeper. In all of these cases the DVLA have failed to return a keeper, citing that the registered keeper now was not the keeper at the time of the offence.

“As a result we could not pursue these PCNs any further.

“The vehicle was referred to the police as it is an offence not to have the vehicle properly registered with the DVLA.”

A council spokesperson, when approached by the Peterborough Telegraph, said it had no update on the police investigation and could not provide a crime reference number.

Police were also unable to confirm whether an investigation has been launched.