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Birmingham Stolen Foodbank Van Recovered

January 21, 2015
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

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A stolen foodbank van used to deliver supplies around Birmingham has been found.

Patricia White, Manager of the Birmingham Foodbank, said that she received an anonymous tip on the location of the stolen foodbank van.

‘The police were with us at the time looking at the CCTV footage so they went straight out and called us to confirm it was our fan,’ Patricia said.

‘Unfortunately all the logos and number plates had been removed but officers managed to get into the van and saw the potatoes we had stored in the back.’

Police we look for forensic evidence in the stolen foodbank van before returning it.

More than 15,000 well-wishers took to Facebook in support of the foodbank, who use the van to deliver food parcels to vulnerable families and people around Birmingham.

‘We’re just over the moon,’ Patricia added. ‘We’re just so thankful to everyone.’

The central Birmingham Mercedes Benz company has generously offered to loan a replacement for the stolen foodbank van while it remains off the road for the next few weeks.

More About Birmingham Central Foodbank

Birmingham Central Foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis. The foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust‘s UK-wide network of over 100 foodbanks run by local churches working together alongside grass root community organisations, statutory agencies, frontline care professionals, schools and businesses to provide emergency food to people. Read more on their website.


Vengeful Ex-Wife Sells Cheating Husband’s $150k Porsche for $20,000

January 19, 2015
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

Porsche 911 sold by jilted ex-wife

An Australian woman is seeking revenge on her ex-husband by selling his $150k car for less than a fifth of its value.

The jilted wife is asking for just $20,000 for the Porsche 911, which she legally owns after a messy divorce with her husband.

Advertising the vehicle on Australia’s Revenge Sales website, the unnamed lady said:

‘I have been married to this unfaithful poor excuse for a human being for over 25 years and yes we are wealthy,

‘I had hunches that my husband was cheating so I followed him out on what he said was a “guys poker night” to find him at a 5 star restaurant cuddling up to this young blonde woman.

‘So to pay him back, as I have rightful ownership of his precious Porsche, I have decided to sell it for a specific price of $20,000.’ allows people to sell items originally belonging to someone you dislike, the idea is by selling the item you are getting revenge on them.

At $20,000, the Porsche 911 is listed at a great deal less than the market value, even for used cars.

The woman from Templestowe, near Melbourne, has had a huge outreach of support for other website users, while others have expressed suspicion that it may not be a genuine listing.

The user added: ‘I figured $20,000 is just enough for a return flight/accommodation to Europe so I can fondle with all the wealthy European men!’

The husband has yet to come forward.


Classic Cars Risked in Banger Race

January 16, 2015
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

A banger race could see up to 10% of the last BMC Farinas in the country wiped out.

Spedeworth Motorsports are set to host a banger race in the Summer, which will be open to just one model: the classic car BMC Farina.

The event has come under fire from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, a group who looks after the interested of classic cars and classic car enthusiasts, who claim it could be hugely damaging to the number of surviving Farinas.

‘Even allowing for the imprecise nature of the DVLA database, it would appear that the Spedeworth event has the potential for destroying something between 5-10% of the surviving vehicles in the UK,’ said FBHVC spokesperson, Geoff Lancaster.

‘This is a very significant number of an increasingly rare vehicle to be lost in a single night and we would therefore urge Spedeworth to consider very carefully this level of impact on a single vehicle marque before organising this type of event.’

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that there are 1700 Farinas registered currently in the UK – including 139 MGs, 216 Rileys, 301 Wolseleys, 489 Morris Oxfords and 561 Austins.

Spedeworth organiser, Deane Wood, said: ‘As far as I am concerned it’s up to the owner of the car what they do with it. It’s their property to do what they like with.

‘People looked at the cars at the all-Westminster race we did a couple of years and everyone agreed none of them could have been restored. I’m sure it will be same.’

More than 100 drivers will be taking part in the banger race


Garages Ignore “Mental” Traffic Wardens

January 15, 2015
Posted in Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

Garage owners are taping over number plates to evade “mental” traffic wardens.

Car traders in Barnstaple have reported overzealous wardens who ‘creep up’ and ticket temporarily parked vehicles while they are being moved.

‘It’s a joke how many tickets we’re getting,’ said Melvyn Adams, who owns Gaydon Street Motors.

‘They’ve even ticketed cars which the AA have brought in overnight.’

The two local businesses – Gaydon Street Motors and ND Joy Autos – use double yellow lines, which restricts parking, outside their premises to move vehicles in and out.

‘We have a legal responsibility to enforce parking restrictions,’ said Stuart Hughes of Devon County Council, ‘double yellow lines in this area prohibit parking and in order to provide a fair and consistent service our civil enforcement team must be objective and enforce the restriction for all vehicles parked in this location.’

Owner of ND Joy Autos, Nigel Joy, says that previous traffic wardens would give the garages warnings before fining them.

‘I’ve been here 18 years and I’ve always had a good relationship with the council wardens,’ said Nigel Joy.

‘But now they wait and they clock the car and book you.

‘They don’t have the courtesy to give you a warning.’

The two business owners have said they have started taping over their number plates so that traffic wardens would be unable to read to registration, an offence that could carry with it a lb1,000 fine.

‘It’s unavoidable to park on the double yellow lines because you have to move the cars around,’ added Nigel Joy.

‘We don’t stop the flow of traffic,

‘We don’t take the mick.

‘Some of the wardens are mental – it’s victimisation.’


12 Pointed Pensioners Escaping Driving Ban

January 12, 2015
Posted in Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

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None of the 20 oldest drivers to amass 12 or more licence points have been banned from driving, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed.

Violations including drink driving, driving without insurance, and speeding have been detailed in the report.

The worst offender, a 57-year-old, has avoided a driving ban despite receiving 26 penalty licence points.

Ellie Pearson, spokeswoman for Brake, said: ‘The penalty point system is in place to take drivers who repeatedly flout traffic laws off the road, whilst giving drivers ample opportunity to mend their ways,’ said Ellie Pearson, a spokesperson for anti-speeding charity Brake.

‘Drivers with 12 points or more on their licence have already proven they have no respect for the rules of the road, or the safety of others. Allowing them to carry on driving is inviting tragedy.’

Under current road laws, drivers who receive 12 licence points should automatically receive a six-month driving disqualification, unless courts decide the ban could put the motorist under “exceptional hardship”.

A DVLA spokesman said: ‘The DVLA’s role is to record the information provided by the courts. The courts are able to use their discretion to decide whether or not to disqualify a driver.’

Campaigners worry that drivers not being banned in these cases could pose a serious threat to other road users. It may also set an unfortunate precident for other potentially dangerous drivers to remain on the roads.

‘If drivers accumulate 12 points and are not banned, it makes a mockery of the whole system,’ said Brake Spokeperson, Ellie Pearson.

Information About Licence Points

A licence point / penalty point system demerits drivers convicted of road traffic offences. These “points” can be added or subtracted, and in some cases removed after a defined amount of time has passed, or other conditions are met. If the total amount of licence points exceeds a limit (12 in the UK) the offender may be disqualified from driving.


Drivers of a White Car Receive Parking Fine for a Black Car

January 10, 2015
Posted in Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers



A couple have found out that when it comes to parking fines it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white.

Malcolm and Julie Creek were fined lb45 for overstaying by 5 hours, which will raise to lb110 if unpaid, but there is a clear error.

The letter issuing the fine shows the couple’s white Ford entering the car park but a different car leaving almost six hours later.

‘The car’s a different colour to start with,’ said an annoyed Malcolm Creek, 69. ‘How stupid can you get?

The Cambridge couple entered the car park around 1PM, but left 48 minutes later after doing some Christmas shopping.

Five hours later CCTV clocked a black Vauxhall with a similar but different number plate and mistakenly registered this as the Creeks’ car.

‘I’m sure the retail park would be cross about this,’ continued Malcolm, a retired assistant estates manager. ‘It’s going to put people off visiting. It’s put us off.’

Total Parking Solutions, who issued the fine, have admitted their mistake and have apologised to the couple.

‘It appears that in this instance the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera misread the exit plate by one letter due to the dirty condition of the plate,’ said a TPS Spokesperson.

‘The two plates were almost identical, as a result of misreading a letter on exit, it was flagged as an overstay by the ANPR matching engine.

‘We are sending Julie and Malcolm Creek our sincere apologies coupled with a lb20 high street voucher for them to spend at the retail site for inconvenience caused in this instance.’


DVLA Error Leaves 20-Year-Old Jobless

January 9, 2015
Posted in Car news,DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers


A haulage driver has been left unable to find work after a DVLA mistake.

Lewis Fishwick was informed by DVLA that his licence was to be immediately revoked after a 5-month-old mistake was unearthed.


The 20-year-old from Greencroft, Penwortham had previously been banned from driving but successfully passed extended tests to get the licence back.

After setting up his own haulage company, which meant he had to take out finance on a lorry, Lewis was informed that he should not have received his licence again until his 21st birthday.

‘They said I shouldn’t have been allowed my licence back until I was 21 which is next April. It was instantly revoked again and so now I can’t legally drive,’ said Lewis Fishwick.

‘I’m not able to do my job, but I’ve still got payments to keep up.

‘I don’t think it’s fair that they can take my licence off me again five months after making a mistake when I’ve got myself sorted out with work and agreements.’

Lewis has taken legal advice, but has been told there is nothing he can do.

He had previously been banned from driving after an insecure load fell from his lorry.

A DVLA spokesman said: ‘We hold over 45 million driver records and issue over 10 million driving licences a year, and mistakes are very rare.

‘In this case an administrative error occurred and we have apologised to Mr Fishwick for any inconvenience caused.’

Drivers of Large Good Vehicles (LGVs) that have been disqualified can only apply to have the vocational entitlement reinstated on their 21st birthday.


Fuel Thief Jailed After High Speed Police Chase

January 8, 2015
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

A driver who was caught with 8 drums of diesel has been sentenced.

Niven Frodsham raced at speeds of up to 60mph in a built up area in an attempt to escape from police.

The 41-year-old driver hit a police car and a parked car during the five-minute chase, Bolton Crown Court heard.

Officers were called to a Tesco petrol station after staff reported a suspicious Frodsham, who appeared to be stealing petrol.

Frodsham sped away when police arrived, narrowing avoiding other motorists as he tried to evade the police, but did collide with a parked vehicle after turning into a different road.

A desperate Frodsham fled on foot after reaching a dead end, despite suffering from broken ribs after the previous collision.

Eight five-gallon drums of diesel fuel were found in the Nissan Almera drove by Frodsham. The car also displayed false number plates.

Frodsham pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without a licence or insurance, and failing to stop after an.

Judge Timothy Stead sentenced the Bradford Street local to 12 months in prison and banned him from driving licence for three years.

‘At 41 lectures about offending from me are going to fall on deaf ears. It seems to me you are committed to a life of crime,’ Judge Stead told Frodsham.

‘You were overtaking and undertaking other vehicles wildly. Mercifully no-one else was injured by all this.’


Welsh Drivers Oppose New Driving Licence Design

January 6, 2015
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

Government plans to include the Union flag on driving licences had met with fiery opposition from Welsh motorists.

‘This is just a further attempt by Westminster to create a British identity by social engineering,’ said Plaid Cymru councillor, Arfon Jones.

‘They are still scared after the close shave of the Scottish referendum. We should resist.’

New driving licences in England, Scotland and Wales will display the Union flag.

Transport Minister Claire Perry said: ‘People in this country rightly take pride in our national flag which is why I am delighted it will now be displayed on British driving licences.

‘Celebrating Britain strengthens our sense of national identity and our unity. I will feel proud to carry my new licence and I hope others will too.’

A petition against the plans has already received over 1,000 signatures.

The petition states: ‘Refuse to follow the Westminster government’s proposal to place a Union Jack on driving licences. In Wales, licences should be kept as they are or have the Welsh flag featured instead.’

Other members of Plaid Cymru have spoken out against the changes, calling them “insensitive” and saying it will “create dissent”.

‘I am astonished that the DVLA are choosing to push this petty proposal now,’ said MP Hywel Williams. ‘It shows they have no understanding of the respect agenda between the nations within the United Kingdom.

‘Plaid Cymru will resist it and fully expect that other progressive parties will do so as well.’

The move follows the scrapping of the paper tax disc in October. From June, the paper counterpart of the photocard licence will no longer be required.


Man Wins Court Battle Over Lost Driving Licence

January 5, 2015
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

A driver for more than 40 years has won a two-year battle with DVLA over a lost driving licence.

The DVLA told 62-year-old Geoff Bullingham that he did not hold a full driving licence, despite him passing the test in 1972.

Geoff, from Hornsea, offered a photocopy of his original full licence as proof but DVLA said he had to take another driving test.

Mr Bullingham eventually sought help from MP Graham Stuart, who gladly intervened in the matter.

‘I met Geoff and could not believe the DVLA was insisting he didn’t have a licence when I was actually holding a copy of it in my hand,’ said MP Graham Stuart.

‘I took up the matter at Ministerial level, and after much pressure, DVLA changed its decision and is issuing Geoff with the full driving licence which he is entitled to.’

Geoff Bullingham (left) with MP Graham Stuart (right)

Geoff Bullingham (left) with MP Graham Stuart (right)

The problems arose when bricklayer-joiner Geoff requested a replacement for his lost licence from DVLA.

‘I wrote letters to the DVLA for months but wasn’t getting anywhere,’ said Geoff Bullingham.

‘They kept saying I wasn’t on the database as having a full licence. I found a photocopy my (previous) employer took eight years ago, but they said that wasn’t acceptable.’

When Geoff took the matter to the courts he was accused of driving without a licence with DVLA, though it eventually was thrown out.

‘Even though it had been thrown out of court my employer wouldn’t let me drive.

‘I’d worked for them for 28 years but in the end handed in my notice because it was causing so much stress.’

Mr Bullingham, who has since got a new job, added: ‘On Saturday I got a short letter from the DVLA saying they had amended the driving licence and they were sorry for any inconvenience. I am angry with the DVLA, but I am happy I got it back. I will be keeping it under lock and key.’

A DVLA spokeswoman said: ‘It is vital we protect the safety of all road users by ensuring that only people who can prove they have passed the relevant driving test are allowed to drive on our roads. Where a driver believes that the licence does not show all their entitlements we will investigate thoroughly and take any appropriate action.’