Monday, 12 January 2009

The Law Of Unintended Consequences Strikes Again….

Thousands of motorists are dodging fines by registering their cars at shadow addresses, costing the country millions of pounds in lost revenue.

The drivers flout the law with impunity by telling the licensing authorities their vehicle is at another location and then ignoring all requests and court orders to pay fines.

With no onus on the true resident at the 'care of' address to say where the registered owner lives, police and local authorities can rarely be bothered to chase them.
And just why has a situation like this been allowed to happen?

Step forward our old friend ‘diversity’:
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency allows motorists to register their vehicles with 'care of' addres¬ses, which might include a 'friend, doctor, hotel or hostel'.

The scheme was introduced to help people such as travellers who might not be able to provide a permanent address.
Oh, dear. *chuckle*

3 comments:

Blue Eyes said...

Usually "unintended consequences" are not quite so bleeding obvious as this one. Giving a false address to the DVLA is probably a criminal offence. Sorting this out would probably be nice and easy if the dullards who seem to run the country could be bothered. A simple "black list" of people whose mail has been returned to sender so that next time they get stopped by the police they get nicked and their car seized.

JuliaM said...

"Giving a false address to the DVLA is probably a criminal offence. Sorting this out would probably be nice and easy if the dullards who seem to run the country could be bothered."

Indeed.

Though you can understand why cash and resource-strapped forces aren't willing to spend time and money enforcing parking ticket offences created as a by-product of the 'diversity' industry, thus making themselves even more unpopular...

Umbongo said...

"The scheme was introduced to help people such as travellers who might not be able to provide a permanent address."

I know! Why not supply the "travellers" with a permanent address, preferably at somebody else's expense. Then everything will be just peachy.