Woman's arrest warrant over parking fine for car she sold two years ago
A Midsomer Norton woman has warned people selling vehicles to take extra precautions after being caught up in a two-year battle over a parking fine for a car she no longer owned.
Two years after 25-year-old Tiffany Bailey sold her Vauxhall Corsa, she is still trying to sever the ties.
Last week a warrant was issued for her arrest and the mum of one found herself before the courts desperately trying to prove she is no longer the owner – despite been given written proof from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) more than a year before the court date.
Her problems began in September 2011 when she was visited at her home by bailiffs chasing the non-payment of a parking fine in Bristol.
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She said: “It has been horrendous.”
After contacting Avon and Somerset Police and the DVLA she was sent a letter from the agency in January 2012 confirming she was no longer the registered keeper.
But last month Tiffany received a court summons to appear before Bath Magistrates Court for the same offence. She and partner Dave Jackson were told they simply needed to send the DVLA letter to the court but then discovered that a warrant had been issued for her arrest.
He said: “It was terrifying to think she could be arrested for a crime she had not committed.”
Eventually the court dropped the case after the couple attended a hearing.
Tiffany said: “It could happen to anyone, so if you are selling a car my advice would be to photocopy the log book so you have proof then call the DVLA a few weeks later to check their database has been changed.”
The Somerset Guardian contacted the DVLA for a response on Tuesday but had not had a reply by the time we went to press.