Car seized after owner clocks up 220 unpaid parking fines totalling £18,000 in Portsmouth

The car seized by Portsmouth City Council after its owner racked up �18,000 in parking fines

The car seized by Portsmouth City Council after its owner racked up �18,000 in parking fines

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A CAR has been impounded after its owner has failed to pay 220 parking tickets – amounting to £18,000.

One of Portsmouth’s worst persistent parking offenders has had their car seized by Portsmouth City Council.

The council said repeated attempts were made by staff and bailiffs to contact the owner, but the car was finally clamped and seized from Somerset Road, in Southsea.

Councillor Jason Fazackarley, in charge of traffic and transportation, said: ‘This is an extreme case, which is why we have taken the necessary action to seize the vehicle after a blatant disregard by the owner.

‘In addition to seizing the vehicle, we will pursue legal action to recover the outstanding debt owned.’

The car was impounded after the council used its parking enforcement powers, which means a car can be seized if the owner fails to pay after three penalty notices and makes no effort to get in touch.

Vehicles removed by the council can be destroyed if the owner does not make contact and pay outstanding fines along with the removal and storage fees.

Michael Robinson, the city council’s parking manager, said: ‘This is an ongoing case, so although the car has been seized we won’t give up pursuing the owner until they come forward and the outstanding debt is settled.

‘Motorists who ignore traffic regulations are not only a nuisance to other road users, but they can also be a danger.

‘It is not fair for the majority of residents or visitors who park respectfully, or who those who contact us once a penalty notice has been issued.

‘The amount of fines this motorist ran up shows a lack of respect for all road users, so we used our enforcement powers to take action against this persistent offender.’

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