The law is an ass.
I'm sitting here with a fine for 500 for being out of the country 2 years without checking the dear DVLA managed to get the paperwork sent them.
The fine was levied without my being aware or invited to court to defend myself
The court then said I could make a statutory declaration and asked for my name and address... I gave them that in an email but apparently that wasn't good enough I should have realised I needed to phone them, and having not phoned them the fine will stand.
The bailiffs managed to find my address in 2 hours of the court deciding I hadn't paid the fine, but neither the court nor DVLA found it - despite it being easy to find.
Now I have to wonder whether my MP can do something before the bailiffs take my only means of getting to work... if they take it I can't work, if I can't work I can't pay a good deal more in taxes, and I will be claiming benefits.
Of course, had the stupid Labour government not been so stupid and had realised that a stupid piece of paper saying you aren't using your car was worthless, stupid and likely to just trip up normally law abiding people who just happened to be out of the country for a long time with their car parked on private property then the whole thing wouldn't have happened.
But to quote the 'lady' (hic) from the court ---- 'you didn't phone us, so there is nothing more that I will do, so you can just pay the fine'
Strangely enough the VERY SAME court levied a fine of 60 for a guy caught speeding for the 4th time by the SAME camera on the SAME residential road by the SAME school in Cambridge - something that can kill - where as not having a piece of paper is clearly very much more serious.
I am already looking abroad for more work, this time I won't ever return. You are welcome to the unpleasant, stupid, authoritarian, spy ridden, obnoxious shit hole we call Britain.