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Fine line

Mark Hansford's report (NCE 20 Feb) that Transport for London has picked up £800,000 in fines from the 10,000 congestion charge dodgers is somewhat misleading.

It has been acknowledged by DLVA that its database of registered keepers is only 90% accurate, which could account for many of these evaders and the prospect of collecting fines from these drivers is therefore unrealistic.

In addition, if any payments are made within 14 days a 50% discount will apply. Based on experience in collecting parking fines it is unlikely TfL will receive more than 50% of the fines.

The DLVA and government need to address the problem of unregistered vehicles which also contributes to the increasing number of abandoned cars, and costs local authorities and council tax payers to have removed.

Phil Thompson (M), consultant, eltpark@ntlworld. com

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