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Driver Jailed for Killing Girl During Epileptic Fit

June 30, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Basildon Crown Court heard how a young girl died when a fellow motorist experienced an epileptic fit whilst at the wheel and crashed into her.

Laura Williams, 23, died when her boyfriend’s Mini hit the central reservation on the M25 after it was struck from behind by Giles Furnival.

Furnival had failed to inform the DVLA that he was epileptic during his application for a driving licence, nor at any point thereafter.

Ms Williams was returning from a shopping trip with her boyfriend when the accident occurred.

Furnival had spent the day at work and pulled over onto the hard shoulder when he felt unwell.

He returned to continue his journey home, when his car diverted into the nearside lane at high speed and struck the rear of the Mini.

Mr Furnival told police he had “blacked out” and during court sessions, admitted that he had caused death by dangerous driving.

Stood in the Dock at court, Mr Furnival sobbed whilst the revelation that he had experienced fits since he was 16 years old.

Working in defence of Mr Furnival, Mr Shroff revealed: “He has found it difficult to live with the pain he caused to Ms Williams’ family.”

He also told how Mr Furnival believed he had the fits under control.

Judge John Lodge explained: “Driving a motor vehicle carries with it responsibility. It is an object of immense power and a potential danger in the wrong hands.

“In your case, the vehicle was in the wrong hands.

“You took the view you knew better.

“Because of your arrogant decision, you were a tragedy waiting to happen. The accident which occurred was sadly predictable.”

In addition, Mr Furnival was banned from driving for five years and forced to undertake an extended test, plus prove he was free from seizures for a year to drive again.

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DVLA Force Driver to Remove Number Plate they Issued

Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

A motorist is furious that just six weeks after buying a number plate from the DVLA, they’re demanding that he remove it from his car.

Alan Clarke, 49, purchased the number plate ‘B011 LUX’ from the DVLA for his new car.

However, only six weeks after purchasing the cheeky registration number, the DVLA contacted Mr Clarke, informing him that his number plate was “causing offence” and ordering him to remove it from his vehicle.

The chairman of a Chesterfield telecoms company, Mr Clarke made the purchase through the official DVLA website and is bemused by the sequence of events.

“It’s absolutely ludicrous. I saw it on the DVLA website last November and thought it would be a bit of fun to put it on my new car,” Mr Clarke explained.

“On March 1, when I picked up the car, I immediately put the plate on. Everyone just bursts out laughing when they see it and it’s unique.

“But out of the blue in mid-April I got a very strongly worded letter from the DVLA saying my plate had slipped through the net and should never have appeared for sale on the website.

“They said it was causing offence and I had to remove it, and they are threatening to criminalise me.

“But they are a government agency and they put the plate on their own website for anyone to buy so it’s 100 per cent legal.

“I would love to know what offence I am committing as they haven’t told me.

“I have got the receipt for the plate, the registration document and the vehicle is fully taxed and insured so I’m at a loss to see what the problem is.

“They sent me a normal plate to put on but I sent it straight back, I don’t want it.

“If they didn’t want me to buy it they shouldn’t have put it on their website.”

He added: “I think the DVLA are embarrassed they let a plate slip the net but that’s hardly my fault. I’m not backing down, it’s my own personal plate and I’m not taking it off.”

A DVLA spokesperson tried to explain the situation: “Many people enjoy displaying a personalised registration number and the vast majority of numbers are made available, but we have a responsibility to ensure that the combinations used do not cause offence.

“DVLA tries to identify combinations that may cause offence, and on the rare occasion where potentially offensive numbers slip through the net, steps are taken to withdraw the registration number.

“This particular registration plate has been withdrawn, therefore it is an offence for the driver to still be displaying it. He would receive a refund for the plate.”

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Controversial Texas Number Plate Awaits Approval

Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

A controversial number plate featuring the confederate flag is just one vote away from gaining approval.

The number plate is the creation of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The matter was put to the vote amongst the Texas Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) license board in April, but resulted in a tied result.

The vote was conducted in the absence of one of the board’s members, forcing a rescheduling of the vote to be pushed forward to 9th June.

However, as on of the board’s members died on 3rd June, the vote was put on hold.

The decision on whether the controversial number plate will gain approval will have to wait until Governor Rick Perry appoints a new board member.

This may not occur until autumn according to DMV spokeswoman Kim Sue Lia Perkes.

Created in 1896 as a non-profit organisation, the Sons of Confederate Veterans work to preserve the history of Confederate soldiers.

Following a posting of the mock number plate on the DMV’s website, 186 comments were positive in contrast to just three who were against it.

“I think it is a wonderful idea to honor our Confederate Veterans during the 150th anniversary years of the war between the states,” revealed one poster.

“I am a young African-American, and I completely support and endorse the Sons of Confederate vets plate.

“Many blacks fought for the South during the Civil War, and they would be honored by this license,” explained another poster.

Not all posts were positive, however.

Another poster feared the introduction of the new plate: “I think your “Sons of the Confederacy” plate will open up some old wounds that this country has been trying for years to heal. What will be next? One with a Swastika?”

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Father Stole Fuel to Visit Son

June 22, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

A man resorted to stealing number plates and fuel from petrol stations so that he could visit his son.

To help evade police, Leslie Taylor stole number plates from parked vehicles and used them to cover his own registration number.

He then took his car to a petrol station, filled his car with fuel, and drove away without paying.

Police inquiries would then lead back to innocent people who had had their number plates stolen.

Mr Taylor’s luck ran out when one petrol station attendant recognised the car, despite the false number plates.

When police arrested Mr Taylor, 52, he admitted to thefts amounting to approximately lb500 worth of petrol, plus the number plates used in the getaway.

Defending at Newcastle Crown Court, Glen Gatland told the court how Mr Taylor had been driving from Sunderland to Gateshead three times a day to see his son, but the costs were becoming unmanageable as he was also on benefits.

“Because he could find no way to get money for the fuel to travel from Sunderland to Gateshead and back three times per day he got himself into this position,” explained Mr Gatland.

He added that Mr Taylor is trying to set up his own business using his self-taught mechanic skills.

Mr Taylor was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months with supervision.

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Pub Landlady’s Car Towed From Private Land

June 20, 2011
Posted in DVLA News — Written by matthew.smith

The landlady of a pub in Sandridge awoke one morning to find her car had been towed from what she believed to be private land.

The car had been spotted by mobile cameras, resulting in the DVLA taking Emma Low’s car from land located near to her Rose and Crown pub and towing it to a north London holding area.

Both Miss Low and her partner Anthony Foreman are allegedly furious that the car had been taken from their private drive less than a week after they had purchased it.

“They came along and took my car from my land,” explained Miss Low.

“It wasn’t in the car park, it was on my private drive and although there’s no gate on it, because the gate was stolen, it’s certainly not for public use and my customers can’t park there.”

Purchased for just lb75, Miss Low will have to find lb360 if she wants to recover her car from the pound; something that she refuses to do.

Untaxed and without an MOT, plus in need of repair work, Emma has stated that she reported the car as off-road (SORN) the day after purchasing it and had arranged to get it insured.

Due to it being a bank holiday and working extra hours, Miss Low intended to tax the car on the Wednesday, four days after purchasing it.

“They are saying that the car was clamped on Sunday but I never saw any clamp on it,” Miss Low revealed.

“I’m really unhappy about the fact that they can just come onto my land and take my car.

“I am supposed to be moving to another pub in a few weeks, but I’m not sure how I’ll do it without a vehicle.”

But a spokesperson for NSL, the company that clamped the vehicle, defended their actions.

“We’re confident we acted properly here. The vehicle was not SORNed – it was SORNed more than 12 hours after we clamped it – despite the fact that it is very easy to SORN a vehicle online,” he explained.

“The land does not appear to be a private drive but we believe it is land to which the public has access, so it is not appropriate in any case to keep a SORNed vehicle in such a location.”

“As soon as a car has been bought it is the new owner’s responsibility and it must be taxed, or, if it is not to be driven on public roads, immediately SORNed and stored in an appropriate location.

“This is a straightforward process but was not done here.”

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Number Plate Thefts Lead to Home Raids

Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Police in Sheffield have raided two homes in a suburban area strongly connected with number plate thefts.

Properties were searched in the Crabtree area of Sheffield after 15 number plates were reported stolen in a matter of weeks.

Approximately half of the number plates have been used in drive-offs already, where offenders fill up with fuel at a petrol station and drive away without paying.

Sergeant Matt Wooding of the Ecclesfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, who carried out the raids, revealed that a high proportion of the number plates that were stolen belong to staff from the Northern General Hospital, using the streets to park in during work hours.

“There has been a spate of thefts in the area over the last seven or eight weeks, with around 15 number plates reported stolen,” explained Sergeant Wooding.

“Some of them, around half, have been used in other crimes – drive-offs from local garages.

“We are examining CCTV footage from the garages where these drive-offs have occurred as part of our efforts to find the offenders involved.

“We also want to raise awareness that this is happening.”

According to information acquired by Sergeant Wooding, the number plates are taken while the hospital staff are at work during the day.

This gives the thieves several hours to use the plates before they are reported missing.

“We have now flooded the area with extra police patrols to try to catch the offenders in the act and as a deterrent,” Sergeant Wooding added.

He also believes that there may be more than one group involved in the spate of thefts.

Anyone who is concerned about the theft of their number plates should contact their local police station, where tamper proof screws can be acquired.

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Freedom of Information Helps Residents Group Battling DVLA

June 6, 2011
Posted in DVLA News — Written by matthew.smith

It’s been six years since the Freedom of Information (FOI) act was introduced, and individuals are using it to full effect.

In Oxford, a residents’ association is taking full advantage of the freedom of information act in a campaign of their own.

The Divinity Road Residents’ Association have been using FOIs to campaign over student parking in the area.

The residents group discovered that the universities couldn’t rely on the DVLA to enforce the council’s ‘no cars’ policy at the halls of residence.

In addition to this, emails obtained through FOI requests have found Oxford Brookes University and the city council confessing that the policy is almost impossible to enforce.

A major development in the Bartlemas conservation area has since been turned down by a planning inspector and the findings could have lasting implications for any future student developments in the city.

Warneford Meadow was saved from development by the residents’ association, with Sietske Boeles at the heart of the campaign.

“The key piece of information was from the DVLA,” explained Ms Boeles, speaking on the student parking ban.

“It was correspondence between the DVLA and the city council about the enforcement of student parking.”

Ms Boeles advises anyone who plans to submit an FOI to be as specific as possible.

“I knew from other correspondence, the MP Andrew Smith had been asked to make representations on car parking,” she explained.

“That had come from an off-hand comment, but I could specifically ask for the correspondence on this issue in a particular period.

“You have to be specific or you get sent up the garden path.

“It is a critical tool for citizens to keep track of, and scrutinise, decisions and to see whether public money is being spent properly.”

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Number Plate Leads Police to Drug Dealer

Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

A drug dealer who used is personalised registration to advertise his trade has been caught and sentenced to jail.

His car registration, complete with an Ecstasy ‘smiley face’, adorned the initials JTP in reference to the initials of his nickname, ‘Jimmy the pill’.

A police raid uncovered a large amount of drugs at his neighbour Susan Welsh’s home in Blyth, Northumberland.

The incriminating evidence seized by police included speed, pills, scales and mobile phones, plus his car and personalised number plate.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Welsh had shown police officers a blue denim purse in a kitchen cupboard with white powder inside.

Welsh told police that the drugs were for her own use, but failed to inform police of the key to a cupboard outside.

Inside the cupboard were scales, small plastic bags, two black bags containing a bag of blue tablets and box of white powder.

“Sorry I should have told you about that,” Welsh told the police.

Forensic analysis found the white powder to be amphetamine with a street value of lb1,500.

The prosecution believed the 977 blue tablets were to be sold as Ecstasy, although didn’t contain any of the actual drug.

Taylor, 41, handed himself into police on hearing the news that neighbour Welsh, 53, had been arrested.

He also admitted to attempting to possess class A drugs and possession of class B drugs with intent to supply.

Welsh was handed six-month suspended prison sentence while Taylor was jailed for 12 months.

Judge Brian Forster, stated: “Anyone who becomes involved in any kind of drugs supply will be punished.

“The courts are determined to stamp out drug dealing in this area.”

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Amazing Personalised Registrations Snapped Up at DVLA Auction

Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

The DVLA hosted another of its hugely popular number plate auctions over the 26th, 27th and 28th May, with ‘888 A’ making the headlines.

Held at the Heritage Motor Centre, Warwickshire, the event was set for a fantastic start as ‘888 A’ went under the hammer first.

With a reserve price of just lb3,000, onlookers were left stunned as the opening lot soared in price.

As three bidders locked horns, the price continued to rise to over ten times higher than the reserve price.

The winning bidder, a businessman from the north-east of England, won the personalised registration with a final bid of lb39,500.

Even the DVLA were taken aback by the success of the first sale.

Damien Lawson, DVLA Personalised Registrations‘ Marketing Manager, explained: “Eight is viewed as a lucky number in some communities, and today it certainly proved lucky for us. We were quite stunned when the hammer finally came down.”

Over 1,500 personalised registrations went on sale during the DVLA’s auction event, and ‘888 A’ wasn’t the only number plate to catch the public’s interest.

Paul Quinn, a Manchester United fanatic, set his heart on ‘UTD 80Y’ and didn’t stop bidding until the registration was his.

With a reserve price of just lb450, nobody expected the final price to soar 20 times higher to lb10,000, but Mr Quinn was determined to make the number plate his.

Owner of the Town Hall Hotel, Manchester, Mr Quinn would have paid lb40,000 to make it his but declared “I wouldn’t sell it for lb140,000!”

“I can’t believe it, it’s a perfect plate. I have another UTD registration, but this is the tops,” he added.

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