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Missing DVLA Worker Appeal

January 24, 2011
Posted in DVLA — Written by matthew.smith

Police in South Wales are making a plea to the public in an attempt to gather information about missing DVLA worker James Spillane.

Mr Spillane, 26, of Morrison, was last seen at work in Swansea on Tuesday 18 January.

It’s thought that Mr Spillane was in the area until Thursday 20 January, when he could have taken a train out of Swansea.

Police have revealed that his disappearance is “completely out of character” with friends and family “desperate to have him home safe and well”.

He is 6ft, tall, fit and slim looking, with short, brown hair, and piercings in both ears.

His clothing at the time of the disappearance is unclear, but he generally wears jeans.

He left home without his mobile phone or car keys, and inspector Chris O’Brien explained: “We are becoming increasingly concerned for James who has been missing since Tuesday and would appeal for anyone with information to contact us.”

Through searched and checks have been made by police throughout the local area and CCTV is continuing to be searched.

“I would urge anyone with information on James, no matter how insignificant it seems, to contact us,” inspector O’Brien continued.

“If you have seen James since Tuesday please ring us, we are especially eager find out if he caught a train.”

If you have any information relating to the disappearance of Mr Spillane, contact Morriston police station on 01792 456999 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

The DVLA regularly hold number plate auctions where thousands of excellent personalised registrations go under the hammer for bargain prices.

The next DVLA number plate auction takes place at the Imperial War Museum, Manchester, on 2nd, 3rd and 4th February.

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Petrol Theives Use Stolen Number Plates

Posted in Number Plates — Written by matthew.smith

Motorists in the Peterborough area are being warned to keep a close eye on their vehicles following a spate of number plate thefts.

The number plates are being targeted to be attached to cars involved in petrol thefts from filling stations; an act commonly known as ‘bilking’.

In the past month, 10 number plates were stolen from vehicles in the Peterborough area.

In mid-December, number plates were taken from a Volkswagen van and transferred to a Ford Mondeo.

Within 24 hours, the Mondeo was seen stealing lb63.07 worth of diesel from a filling station near Corby.

Speaking about the rise in number plate and petrol thefts, inspector Terri Griffin revealed: “We are still investigating CCTV footage but these kinds of crimes are difficult to trace and cost petrol stations millions of pounds every year.

“All of these enquiries have resulted in reviews of CCTV and forensic opportunities as well as neighbourhood visits, house-to-house enquiries, scrap metal enquiries and crime prevention advice.

“We would encourage anybody with information about these thefts to contact us.”

Police have revealed that a car park next to Orton Meadows Golf Course in Orton Waterville is an area regularly targeted by number plate theives.

A spokesman for the Granary Restaurant, adjacent to the car park, revealed: “I’m not aware of any ongoing thefts in the car park.”

Those who have any information about the thefts should contact police on 0345 456 4564.

The best way to get a personalised registration for great value is at one of the DVLA‘s national number plate auctions.

The next auction takes place at the Imperial War Museum, Manchester on 2nd, 3rd and 4th February.

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Durham’s Rising Bollards May Be Dropped

Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Having served the city for almost ten years, Durham’s rising bollard system may be ditched, much to the relief of the motorists that it has policed.

Bosses at Durham County Council are devising plans to replace the city centre bollard system, which currently polices the toll charge in conjunction with an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) System.

First introduced in mid 2002, the bollard system has been responsible for catching out many drivers who tried to accelerate past the bollard point and evade the toll charge, only for the bollard to strike the underside of their vehicles.

Motorists will be relieved to find out that changes are in the pipeline to convert to an electronically administered toll system.

Although the good news ends there as the charge will rise dramatically, from lb2 to lb5; an increase of 150%.

The plans are part of the city’s lb5.5m Heart of the City refurbishment project and still being consulted over by leading officials at the council.

The council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, Councillor Neil Foster explained the possible changes: “We are committed to preserving and improving the unique beauty and atmosphere of Durham City as a place to live, work and visit.

“A key aspect of this is making sure the centre is safe and attractive for everyone.

“As such, we are asking local residents and businesses to work with us to find the best way forward to minimise traffic during the day, which may well include getting rid of the current bollard system and replacing it with a camera recognition system, used successfully in many other places.”

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DVLA Advice for Second Hand Car Buyers

January 10, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Those who are considering buying a second hand vehicle need to make sure they are happy with their decision to buy before parting with any money, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

The DVLA have made a list of key points that potential buyers should be aware of when looking to buy a second hand car and published the advice at www.direct.gov.uk/buyerbeware .

Corporate Affairs Director at the DVLA, David Evans, explained the decision to publish the essential advice: “With the January sales upon us, everyone is out searching for a bargain.

“However, no one wants to be a victim of vehicle crime and if you buy a second hand car without checking the facts first you may get more than you bargained for.

“It only takes a few minutes to look through the advice we publish to help those thinking about buying a used vehicle.

“Our advice is to trust your instincts – if a deal seems too good to be true it probably is.”

When taking steps to buy a second hand vehicle, buyers should first seek proof of ownership in the form of a bill of sale and also look to view the vehicle’s service records and MOT record for reassurance that the sale is legal.

Some of the key tips on buying a used vehicle include:

  • Be wary of adverts providing mobile phone numbers as a means of contact, as the owners can be hard to trace in the future.
  • Adverts that include a landline number and specific times at which calls can be taken may be a phone box number.
  • Check the market value of the vehicle you’re looking to purchase; if it’s for sale much cheaper than the market value, there may be a reason why.

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Motorists Made to Consider Organ Donation

Posted in Number Plates — Written by matthew.smith

A new government scheme will force motorists to consider organ donation after death in a bid to dramatically increase transplant numbers.

When applying for driving licences, motorists will need to answer a question relating to organ donation in the new scheme set up by the DVLA.

The changes to the driving license application procedure follow measures which allow patients who die in A&E to donate their organs.

The DVLA’s driving license application form is one of the most common ways for people to register their organ donation desires.

However, the current system allows people to completely avoid the question regarding organ donation.

Things are set to change from July, and one of the following options must be chosen: yes I would like to register on the NHS Organ Donor Register; I do not want to answer this question now; I am already registered on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

The changes are expected to make people think more about their answer, resulting in a greater number of registrations.

Approximately 27% of UK citizens are registered as organ donors, but 90% are in favour of organ donation.

Organ transplants reached a record high in 2010, with over 6,900 made.

“Surveys show that a large number of people in the UK are happy to donate their organs for transplantation but haven’t got around to registering,” explained Anne Milton, Public Health Minister.

“We hope that by prompting people into making a decision we can encourage more people to register.

“We also need people to think and talk about organ donation with their families so people know what family members want.

“Being an organ donor is a truly selfless act and is the ultimate gift anyone can give. I would like to see all those people who are happy to donate their organs to sign up.”

There are thousands of personalised registrations to choose from.

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Foreign Cars Responsible for Millions Lost in Unpaid Tickets

Posted in Number Plates — Written by matthew.smith

It has been revealed that millions of pounds are being lost every year when foreign cars fail to pay their parking tickets.

Scottish councils are losing out due to thousands of parking tickets going unpaid by foreign registered vehicles that can’t be traced.

Local authorities are finding it impossible to recoup the owed money, with the foreign law breakers ignoring the tickets.

Some councils attempt to reclaim the money, but many choose not to waste any time on it.

Strathclyde Police have revealed that tickets issued to foreign vehicles are written off automatically, as number plates that haven’t been registered with the DVLA can’t be processed.

A staggering lb233,993.70 was written off by Edinburgh City Council for the 2008/09 financial year because of unpaid parking fines on foreign-registered vehicles.

“There are a number of reasons why a parking ticket could be written off. It could be because the driver cannot be traced or it could also be because signs or road markings were missing,” a spokeswoman revealed.

A further 89 parking fines totalling lb2670 went unpaid by foreign-registered vehicles since April 2008 in the Fife Council region.

A representative for Fife Council explained: “St Andrews, in Fife, has a higher rate of offences, and foreign drivers, due to the world-famous Old Links Golf Course.”

According to Strathclyde Police, 254 parking tickets went unpaid by foreign-registered vehicles, totalling lb7560.

“When notification that a foreign-registered vehicle has received a parking ticket is received by our central processing department, it is automatically cancelled,” a representative for Strathclyde Police revealed.

“The tickets are unable to be processed through the system if the car is not registered with the DVLA.

“However, in certain circumstances, we will trace the vehicle and owner within their country of residence.”

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