William Eichler 04 April 2016

Council writes off thousands of 'irrecoverable' parking tickets

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A council will save thousands by writing off ‘bad debts’ from irrecoverable parking tickets.

Leeds City Council has announced it will write off 13081 tickets from the years 2005/06 – 2009/10 in a move calculated to save them £91, 567.

Tickets — or Penalty Charge Notices (PNCs) — are issued to vehicles rather than individuals, and it is not always possible to find these.

Non-payment of PNCs is generally the result of non-traceable vehicles, such as foreign cars and lorries, but also test tickets, duplicates and tickets cancelled on appeal.

The council estimates that chasing down these unpaid PNCs would cost £7 per ticket in legal fees regardless of whether the fine was ultimately recovered.

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