Foreign drivers owe £358k in parking fines

First published in News

FOREIGN motorists have left Oxfordshire County Council chasing £358,290 in unpaid parking fines over the past four years.

Now county council leaders are investigating the most economical way of getting the money back.

It plans to talk to Portsmouth City Council, which hired Euro Parking Collection (EPC) to chase parking tickets it issued to foreign drivers, about its experiences before it decides what to do next.

Cabinet member for transport Rodney Rose said: “We are talking about hundreds of thousands of pounds and that could be used to fill in a lot of potholes in the county.

“I’m going to raise this with MEPs in the region because there needs to be cross-border legislation on this.”

London-based EPC gets keeper details from the foreign country’s Vehicle Licensing Authority (VLA) and sends letters to owners in their native language.

Spokesman Stuart Hendry said: “Not all VLAs will give keeper details, but the majority will.”

Mr Hendry said the company ran collections on a no-win, no-fee basis.

He added: “We would take about 20 per cent on each ticket, so that could come to about £70,000 if we got all the money back for Oxfordshire.”

Related links

The total of £358,290 relates to 6,441 parking tickets issued between October 2008 and last month.

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:08pm Fri 19 Apr 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

If things were organised, the ferry and tunnel operators could be tasked with collecting the fines prior to the vehicles leaving the country.
If things were organised, the ferry and tunnel operators could be tasked with collecting the fines prior to the vehicles leaving the country. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 0

4:09pm Fri 19 Apr 13

King Joke says...

Some of them may be students who are here for several months. I'd match the names obtained from VLAs against student registers with our universities.
Some of them may be students who are here for several months. I'd match the names obtained from VLAs against student registers with our universities. King Joke
  • Score: 0

5:38pm Fri 19 Apr 13

abingdonguy says...

So what happens? They track them down, and because there's no enforceable policy to collect from foreign drivers who have gone back to their own country, the drivers of the offending cars just laugh and throw the tickets in the bin anyway. Would be nice idea if it worked. :\
If we did the same in their country your marched to the nearest cash point.
So what happens? They track them down, and because there's no enforceable policy to collect from foreign drivers who have gone back to their own country, the drivers of the offending cars just laugh and throw the tickets in the bin anyway. Would be nice idea if it worked. :\ If we did the same in their country your marched to the nearest cash point. abingdonguy
  • Score: 0

4:59am Sat 20 Apr 13

Scaramucia says...

abingdonguy wrote:
So what happens? They track them down, and because there's no enforceable policy to collect from foreign drivers who have gone back to their own country, the drivers of the offending cars just laugh and throw the tickets in the bin anyway. Would be nice idea if it worked. :\
If we did the same in their country your marched to the nearest cash point.
So does the parking warden abroad wait by your car for hours to walk you to the nearest cash point just get one fine while ignoring all the other cars just because you have a foreign number plate?
[quote][p][bold]abingdonguy[/bold] wrote: So what happens? They track them down, and because there's no enforceable policy to collect from foreign drivers who have gone back to their own country, the drivers of the offending cars just laugh and throw the tickets in the bin anyway. Would be nice idea if it worked. :\ If we did the same in their country your marched to the nearest cash point.[/p][/quote]So does the parking warden abroad wait by your car for hours to walk you to the nearest cash point just get one fine while ignoring all the other cars just because you have a foreign number plate? Scaramucia
  • Score: -48

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree