Cars cost thousands in unpaid fines

FOREIGN-registered cars are leaving councils in Suffolk tens of thousands of pounds out of pocket.

FOREIGN-registered cars are leaving councils in Suffolk tens of thousands of pounds out of pocket.

Since October 2005 Ipswich Borough Council has lost out on up to £29,890 after writing off 427 Penalty Charge Notices (PCN's) because it was unable to trace the owner of a foreign-registered vehicle.

This is for offences including parking on double yellow lines and overstaying the time purchased in a pay and display car park.

Mandy Chapman, parking manager at Ipswich Borough Council, said it was problem.

“It is more than frustrating for the council but it is also a worry from a health and safety point of view,” she said. “We have no way of telling if these vehicles have an MOT certificate or if they are insured. It is not a good situation to be in.”

Ipswich MP Chris Mole said there was no reason why somebody coming into the UK should get away with not paying penalties.

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“I think there needs to be more awareness among people coming into the UK of the requirements for them to have their vehicles properly registered and identifiable,” he said.