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Author Topic: Penalty charge- near miss  (Read 1731 times)

Offline od13218

Just got home to find a penalty charge notice- for driving in a bus lane en route to a punt a couple of weeks ago. Luckily the Mrs is away, because in this case I had no business being there and had specifically told her I was somewhere else!
I never spotted the bus lane.
Lesson learned: if you can't account for being in your car somewhere, be trebly careful about anything you might be fined for!
Now to pay the fine and dispose of the letter...
Doug

Good post. A reminder about this sort of thing never goes amiss, particularly for anyone new to punting. It often takes you to places you shouldn't be and that you don't know to well. I'm always careful with parking to, in order to ensure I don't get any unwanted tickets.

tcm

Surely it's a punting basic to have some sort of consistency between your punting travels and cover stories? I mean, if I'm punting in Wigan the world will be told I'm off to play golf in Wigan. If I get pinched, break down, crash, become ill etc etc there'll be no difficult questions to answer about why was I in Wigan or where ever.

Offline od13218

Well that's true- I guess I was a little complacent: I didn't have any business to be in that particular part of London, but I didn't need to be anywhere else, so I figured it was "my" time. I'm a pretty careful driver and that's my first ever fine, so it wasn't really on my radar as a potential problem: it is now!
Doug

Offline licky

I often skive off work early on a Friday as its a 5 hour drive in the Friday traffic to punt in Manchester.
Once the sat nav took me along the black country new road, a lovely straight dual carriageway, but a stupid 40mph limit. There I was doing about 60ish wen I spotted a camera van. How I never got a ticket I will never know, I think I was behind another car.
Last week I was diverted off the M6 and round country lanes, went through a little village, and there were some residents, ponced up with hi vis jackets, playing policemen with a speed gun. Now you don't get a ticket, but the cops write to the registered owner as a warning. I was at the back of a queue of cars so ok.
Both occasions I had no business being where I was at that time of day, mid to late afternoon.

I must stop letting little willy do the driving in his rush to get laid, and set the speed limiter more often.

Offline Taggart

Hope you've checked the photo to confirm it's your car.
Had one 6-7 years back, the nobs had mistaken a D for a B due to the screw fixing. You'd think they'd check the car type and colour matched......err, no.

Offline SUMO61

Surely it's a punting basic to have some sort of consistency between your punting travels and cover stories? I mean, if I'm punting in Wigan the world will be told I'm off to play golf in Wigan. If I get pinched, break down, crash, become ill etc etc there'll be no difficult questions to answer about why was I in Wigan or where ever.

+1  always have a reason to be there. Any amount of shit could go on that can come back to bite you...

Offline SirFrank

Ah fuck I misunderstood the title - I thought a WG had 'imposed' a penalty charge on you because you didn't show. I was thinking what a fucking cheek and how's she going to impose that. To be honest I was a little deflated when I read the actual thread, even though it is far more logical
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Offline od13218

Ah fuck I misunderstood the title - I thought a WG had 'imposed' a penalty charge on you because you didn't show. I was thinking what a fucking cheek and how's she going to impose that. To be honest I was a little deflated when I read the actual thread, even though it is far more logical
Ha ha, yes sorry it's rather dull I'm afraid. Salutary tale really- I certainly will take more care next time- or use public transport!

Surely it's a punting basic to have some sort of consistency between your punting travels and cover stories? I mean, if I'm punting in Wigan the world will be told I'm off to play golf in Wigan. If I get pinched, break down, crash, become ill etc etc there'll be no difficult questions to answer about why was I in Wigan or where ever.

How was your punt in Wigan?

Ha ha, yes sorry it's rather dull I'm afraid. Salutary tale really- I certainly will take more care next time- or use public transport!

Public transport is a good idea IMO. I would never drive in a bus lane for example unless I was perhaps in a hurry on my way to a punt with my mind on fornication when I should be concentrating on the road.

There's an art to being a punter and protecting yourself from the stupid mistakes you will make when under the influence of a punt. Reminds me of spy novels - what did Le Carre call it? "Tradecraft" I think.

Offline RedKettle

tradecraft is a good term for it - personally I always ensure my cover story is ready for why I was in a particular area.

the one that worries me is if the car was stolen, you would need to be very precise about the details and my cover story would not survive that!!  However you can worry too much.

Offline dkn

Yup, got a PCN in a motorway service station car park a recently visiting a hotel.  Took a little explaining...

Offline G.Raff

Public transport is a good idea IMO.

Be aware that an Oyster Card carries all your travel history. Alarmingly, anyone who gets hold of it can scan it at an Oyster Card point and see the last few days use (I think a week).

My tip: Use 2 cards and keep the "clean" one as a decoy in case it gets checked by a suspicious OH.  :cool:

Yup, got a PCN in a motorway service station car park a recently visiting a hotel.  Took a little explaining...
I had exactly this... Now...  You 'can' dispute it because you were a hotel guest. However it would appear even though I know I entered my reg correctly in the the shitty terminal that they've put me to ransom.
Paid it to make it go away.  :angry:

Be aware that an Oyster Card carries all your travel history. Alarmingly, anyone who gets hold of it can scan it at an Oyster Card point and see the last few days use (I think a week).

My tip: Use 2 cards and keep the "clean" one as a decoy in case it gets checked by a suspicious OH.  :cool:

I've been using a contact less bank card. It just appears as a single daily charge on statement.


Offline jimbm55

Years ago I was in a sex only relationship with a married woman (her husband was an airline pilot and away a lot). She came overnight to a hotel I was staying in and won a speeding ticket on the way home at 6.00 in the morning. Her husband was the registered keeper of the car so HE got the NIP  :scare:
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Offline od13218

I've been using a contact less bank card. It just appears as a single daily charge on statement.
Good idea- hadn't thought of that.

I got hit with the bus lane fine. Was driving back through Kingston and went through a 24 hour one by accident. This was after 11pm. Nothing to do with punting but it could've been. Be careful out there  :hi:

Be aware that an Oyster Card carries all your travel history. Alarmingly, anyone who gets hold of it can scan it at an Oyster Card point and see the last few days use (I think a week).

My tip: Use 2 cards and keep the "clean" one as a decoy in case it gets checked by a suspicious OH.  :cool:


Thanks for this, as I use public transport all the time for my punts & didn't know it kept a record.

Thankfully I'm single but it's good to have good tradecraft, as others call it.

I always use public transport when punting and buy a ticket for the journey and dispose of it upon completion. Everything is paid for by cash.

As it's public transport for me, I buy a paper ticket in cash to avoid anything appearing anywhere it shouldn't... as Mrs Crumpet likes to go through all of the bank statements every few months!

Offline _Bender_

Once I messed up big time. On my way home from a punt I noticed a fixed speed camera flashing in my rear view, thought "shit, I'm going to get a fine" and indeed the letter did come, but to the wife! (doh... our first car is in her name but I'm registered as the main driver). For the next two weeks I had to intercept the mail from the DVLA before she saw it, forge her signature to say I was driving, intercept the returning mail,  secretly pay the fine and take the points, luckily she's non the wiser.

Learnt a valuable lesson to always be aware and carefull when driving, especially in places I have no reason being there.
« Last Edit: October 28, 2015, 10:24:44 PM by _Bender_ »

Once I messed up big time. On my way home from a punt I noticed a fixed speed camera flashing in my rear view, thought "shit, I'm going to get a fine" and indeed the letter did come, but to the wife! (doh... our first car is in her name but I'm registered as the main driver). For the next two weeks I had to intercept the mail from the DVLA before she saw it, forge her signature to say I was driving, intercept the returning mail,  secretly pay the fine and take the points, luckily she's non the wiser.

Learnt a valuable lesson to always be aware and carefull when driving, especially in places I have no reason being there.

Close one. Dread to think what would have happened if you hadn't spotted the camera. At least the paper part of the license is gone so you don't have paperwork clearly showing the unexplained points lying around if that happens again!


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