I have written to the DVLA but it seems to make no difference. They don't
seem bothered. They ask me to write them a letter.
Your web page also asks me to write to for proof that I'm not the
registered keeper but I have no need for such proof. And I am not sure why
I need to be writing letters and apying postage, especially in this day and
age of email, when I am reporting a error to them.
I phoned the garage which was sending mail to the same person at my address
and they did stop.
My question is, is there a potential scam going on here?
There are several possibilities.
A previous tenant/owner of your house hasn't updated the DVLA re their move.
A previous tenant/owner of your house has returned to the same garage,
bought another car, but the garage has used the old address.
A cock up on the address, possibly by one of those 'auto fill' systems
where you enter the first part and a post code, if they put the wrong
post code in, and the road and number exists in another town then you
get a valid address.
Something as simple as a wrong house number.
So far, you've got errors rather than scams- still a problem.
The real issues start if someone has set out to use your address on
purpose. This could be to avoid parking tickets, 'taxing' the car,
speeding tickets, etc. or worse.
Either way, by informing the DVLA you've done the right thing.
As you say the DVLA and garage seem to have ignored to so far, I'd write
to both again, recorded delivery.
State clearly that you are not the person who owns the car, have no
knowledge of them (assuming this is case- which I assume is true) and
that you require them to update their records immediately AND confirm
they have done so.
I would include a copy of at least some of the letters.
Retain copies of your letters etc.
If you know the registration you can check for valid tax and MOT (cars
under 3 years old don't require a MOT) on the .gov.uk site.
Insurance can be checked
I had this recently, a letter to dvla explaining that the person and
vehicle are unknown was sent back, free of postage, just write RTS on
the envelope the original letter came in and put it in a postbox.
I orginally did that.
However the busybody on the DVLA helpline recently insisted that wasn't
good enough and I would have to actually write in by post.
Let the DVLA have dodgy records because I've done all I am prepared to.
No escape. You'll be guaranteed communication with them in future.
Where do they send the fixed penalty notice for £100 for having no valid
Is there currently a good credit score on your property address and real
(I'd sort it out....)
There's widespread misunderstanding about the relevance of that. Credit
checks are done on people, not addresses. People who live - or have
lived - at the same address don't affect a person's credit score -
unless of course they share their finances somehow (eg joint mortgage).
reply-to address is (intended to be) valid
CCJ for unpaid parking/speeding fines will be logged against an address
and can affect your ability or the price you pay for motor or household
That's why insurance companies ask about the history of ANYONE else
living at the address.
Yes, they are useless. I had a parking penalty notice, my reg nr had
been cloned. Sorted that out with the parking people, there were
sufficient differences between their photo and my car to prove that.
They said you should tell DVLA. DVLA won't accept email, nor message via
their web-form — you have to write. Wrote, got back boilerplate reply
telling me what I already knew— my registration details are correct.
Said contact police, did that, they said we don't record it, the parking
company have to report it as a crime. Waste of space the lot of them.
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