Day: November 13, 2017

MUM FACING JAIL FOR NON PAYMENT OF £0.00 VEHICLE TAX

A single mum could face prison because she didn’t pay tax on a tax bill where she owed nothing.

Nurse Liane was stunned when she was prosecuted by the DVLA for not paying the £0.00 bill for tax on her car.

The mum, who works as a nurse at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity, was taken to court and has been ordered to pay a whopping £310 fine.

Liane, who has a six-year-old son, owns a 2013 1.1 litre Ford Fiesta, which she bought in May 2016.

It was the first car which attracted a vehicle Excise Duty rating of £0.00 she has ever owned.

Liane said: “I’ve been driving for 18 years and had eight cars before, I think, and I’ve always taxed my cars before, every time.

“You know how it is, you get the letter reminding you it’s due, and you go off and do it. I’m a bit of a goody-goody.”

But Liane says no letter arrived at her house when the tax was due at the end of April this year and because she knew she didn’t have to actually pay any money, Liane assumed that it was all dealt with by DVLA.

She said: “That was naïve I suppose, but I’d never had a car you didn’t have to pay to tax before. I didn’t realise I still had to do the admin.”

The first she knew anything was amiss was when an official came along and stuck an ‘untaxed vehicle’ sticker on it.

She said: “I was sitting here and I saw him and wondered what was going on. As soon as I knew there was a problem I ‘taxed’ the car. I filled in all the forms but of course didn’t have to pay any money.”

Liane ‘taxed’ her car on June 6, just over five weeks after it was due. But that didn’t satisfy the DVLA.

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First the agency wanted Liane to pay £30 as a penalty, which she refused to do, then it took her to court.

Liane pleaded not guilty in absentia at the hearing at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on 30 October but has been hit by a fine of £310.

She told Gloucestershire Live : “I can’t pay that. I’m panicking now what I’m going to do. I don’t know if I’ve got a criminal record now.

“It just seems a crazy waste of taxpayers’ money to chase me so hard when I don’t actually owe them any money at all.”

A DVLA Spokesman said: “By law vehicles must be taxed or declared off road by making a Statutory Off Road Notification. This applies to all vehicles – including those that don’t attract any fee for the vehicle tax.

“This regular contact means we have an up to date record of the keeper of the vehicle which helps ensure we have accurate records, which of course helps police should they need to trace or contact the keeper of a vehicle.

“We issue reminders as a courtesy service for customers but the law is clear that it is the individual keeper’s responsibility to ensure that their vehicle is taxed correctly and on time.

“Our online vehicle enquiry service is available 24 hours a day for motorists to check when their tax is due”.

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FOREIGN TRAVELLERS AND DIASPORANS WARNED OF KIDNAPPING DANGERS AT NIGERIAN AIRPORTS

Anyone travelling to NIGERIA is being warned and advised to be vigilant and extra  careful at the airport.

Peiple are advised to make solid pick up arrangements before leaving London or anywhere you are travelling from and make sure you are kept informed of every detail of the plan or if any part of the plan is to change.

A lady who recently travelled from London to Lagos with her daughter came close to being abducted from the Murtala Mohammad Airport by a stranger who was waiting for them holding up a card bearing her name and all.

The guy practicality forced the lady to go with him insisting that her sister (whom she knew was on her way to pick her up and with whom she had just spoken with before disembarking from the plane) had sent him.

It took the intervention of strangers and the timely arrival of the sister, that unravelled and prevented a sinister kidnapping plot.

And do not rely on the intervention of the airport security personnel. When the incident was reported to them and even when the photograph of the would be abductor was shown to them, their attitude was “So what do you want us to do? Afterall, he didn’t succeed, did he?”
And they even told the woman off for taking the man’s picture!

Kidnapping is a major problem that are blighting the lives of many in the country and is proving a major headache for the authorities as some members of the police are sometimes found to be working with the kidnappers.

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Huge ransom demands of millions of naira are often made of family members who usually find themselves having to borrow or sell off properties in order to meet the ransom demands. In cases where the family is unable to meet the demands, the victims are simply kept indefinitely in captivity or in worst case scenarios, killed off. In other unfortunate circumstances, victims fall sick while in captivity which are usually in filthy, unhealthy and inhumane conditions and simply succumb to complications brought on by untreated illnesses.

Last week, a British optometrist and charity worker, Ian Squire died while being held in captivity.  Two other aid workers who were abducted with him were thankfully freed alive by authorities.