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Speeding ticket question...

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by SanPedro, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. SanPedro

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    Possibly only Vonhosen can answer this... but feel free to add in your comments if you know...

    My wifes uncle got caught on a speed camera whilst driving a hire car in the UK recently.

    He's from Florida and has gone back home to the US before the 'notice of intended prosecution' arrived at the house he was staying at - my wife's mother's house. The notice was addressed to him at the house he was staying at.

    I'd always assumed that the car hire firm would have just billed him for the ticket and be done with it.

    What should I do with the 'notice'. I don't want to just ignore it in case it comes back to haunt him next time he visits.
     
  2. fortean

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    Well firstly the mail was not addressed to you so you should have put it back in a post box, unopened, marked "not at this address - return to sender". Had you done that you wouldn't be worried about it.
    You now have an obligation to notify the issuing authority of the circumstances.
     
  3. SanPedro

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    T'was not me that opened the mail.

    T'was the mother-in-law.
     
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    Still, I think the best action now is notify the ticket issuer that the person does not live there; that they were just visiting. You can of course ignore it as if the police call to your house you can tell them that the person they are looking for lives in the US. Whatever you do you can't be held responsible for the speeding offence.
     
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    Someone I know got a speeding ticket while in Australia and it went to the people he stayed at. All they had to do was to tell the authorities that he wasn't in the country anymore and give them his address in the UK.

    He never received the ticket though. I guess they couldn't be bothered with the hassle for £20.
     
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    Send it back with a covering note explaining the circumstances to the address shown on it for reply.

    The mother-in-law is not responsible for it, or for filling it in under Sec 172 Road Traffic Act. It's not addressed to her.
     
  7. SanPedro

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    Cheers Vonhosen :smashin: Just what I needed to hear.

    I'll get it sent off poste haste.
     
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    The hire car company wont pay for it - there is always clauses in the contract that you will be liable for any fines/ fees accrued (eg parking tickets, congestion charge) whilst the vehicle is in your possession. When approached by the police they will simply have given the details of the hirer.
     
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    You could always pretend you never received said notice, then when the next reminder comes in return it to sender explaining that no-one of that name lives at that adress. Never to be heard of again me thinks.
     
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    Nice try ... but the Notice gives you 28 days to pay up or face it up in court. So if no reply they send a court summons to the address.

    Not really ideal... :)
     
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    To whom are they going to issue the summons then?

    Again, return to sender unopened. Addressee not at this address.
     
  12. SanPedro

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    With no response to the notice, they'd send a summons to the address - in the name of the person the notice was sent to.

    I've sent the letter back as per Vonhosens advice. It'll be up to the police to decide whether to approach the hire car company and, in turn, up to them to get the cash of my wife's uncle. They'll easily be able to do this as all the hire contracts I've signed make it plainly clear that drivers are liable for all fines etc. They'll take the fine straight off his credit card presumably.

    I had something similar after a holiday when a car hire firm lifted £80 off my card for a cracked fog light.
     
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    In the U.S. were are "supposed" to be able to block unauthorized charges on our credit cards.
     

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