We all trip up occasionally and I got caught out by a camera. Traffic light infringement. Bad me. In Waltham Forest. No points so could be worse.
Circa 16th June. So I tentatively waited for the lovely letter. and waited. and waited. Nowt appeared on my mat. Happy days I thought. Perhaps there is a higher power looking after me?! Miracles happen everyday (I've been listening on LBC about the 12 year old Tia Sharp who went missing on Friday and that's one miracle I would like to see occur as in her turning up - hopefully she will).
Anyway I get in from work yesterday and there on the mat is an ominous looking letter. I open it and I am now informed that due to me ignoring an earlier letter I being ORDERED to pay 195 quid. 130 plus 65 surcharge for not paying.
s. I did not receive the earlier letter. They do not send these things recorded so where's the proof? I have tp pay in 14 days.
I can appeal so sent an Email on their site. It says the offence is held until they review the case. Usually takes 10 days. Well, I can guess their response that "ignorance is no defence in law blah blah" and I am going to get royally screwed. I did not get a confirmation Email on the back of the appeal so one assumes that's also designed to make things even more difficult and catch you out.
I would happily have paid the 65 quid within the 14 days if I had got the letter. Hands up I'm nicked.
These situations do little more than enrage normal people who balls up now and then. I have no way of proving that I did not receive the letter thus am now appealing to some civil servant who probably takes sadistic and perverted pleasure in turning down any plea for leniancy due to an innocent mistake through no fault of his/her own.
I am under no illusion that I'll pretty much end up paying this 195 quid but I often wonder why this country's gone to utter s
t and I can confirm one of the reasons is it's the niibling effect of CCTV doing fook all generally for the general good of the populous save the state kicking you firmly in the testes for a two bob infringement. Ok you could argue don't break the law but FFS you haven't got a chance in these situations. Guilty. Get stuffed and pay you insignificant member of the vermin public.
Now I know how proper villains feel when they've been fitted up.
I think I'll accelerate extremely hard away from the hundreds of speed cameras in Londs
t to make me feel better.
Rant over. Utter utter b
ds the lot of 'em.