DCBL Court Claim to Discontinuation
Although this is my first post on here, I have been using the advice and guidance on this forum for the past year following my run in with UKPC and DCBL
The advice on here has been of tremendous help especially from the likes of @Coupon-mad , so I thought it is only fair that I come out of the shadows and share my story if it helps others, even though it has been a frustrating one, it has a happy ending.
My nightmare first started on receipt of a letter from DCBL on the 21/01/2021 claiming I owed £160.00 for an unpaid parking charge issued by UKPC on the 16th February 2017! This was the first I had heard of this.
A SAR was sent off to UKPC, who sent back a bundle including a copy of the supposed parking charge, pictures of the charge on the car and subsequent letters they had apparently sent me.
After reviewing the docs and the dates it came to light that I wasn’t even the driver, it was my wife driving the car that day. The location was at my sister in laws house, which my wife had a visitors permit for but just forgot to put it on the dashboard. However, she did not remember ever seeing this ticket on the car. When we tried to relay this back to UKPC and DCBL, that we did have a permit just forgot display on that occasion, we even gave them the permit number but were told the appeal deadline had passed.
A few more chase letters from DCBL and then it went quiet until just over a month before the parking charge was 6 years old, I received a Claim Form from CCBC on 03rd January 2023.
Summary of the overall timeline
16/02/2017 UKPC Original ticket issued - £60.00
21/03/2017 UKPC reminder - £100.00
05/04/2017 UKPC final reminder sent - £100.00
21/01/2021 – 28/11/2022 First letter to Letter of claim from DCBL - £160.00
03/01/2023 Claim Form from CCBC - £329.56! (Claimed amount 244.56/Court Fee 35.00/Legal Representative Costs 50.00)
09/01/2023 – AOS
16/01/2023 – Defence sent
23/02/2023 – Case stayed by CCBC as DCBL did not meet deadline.
23/03/2023 – Case stay lifted! When I called to enquire why, I was told DCBL had paid the required fee to have the stay lifted.
05/04/2023 – DQ filed (deadline was 11/04/2023) Note: as of this date CCBC were dealing with DQ’s received on the 28/02/2023 and had a huge backlog.
05/05/2023 – Notice of Transfer of Proceedings received from CCBC – confirming it had been transferred to my local County Court – Croydon
01/07/2023 – Notice of Allocation to the small claims track (Hearing) received from Croydon County Court. Note: This letter did not have a hearing date, the only key date was for the claimant to file and serve reply by the 19/07/2023. It also mentioned sharing any documents including Witness Statements to be shared with the court and claimant 14 days before the hearing which will be confirmed in a different letter.
In between all this I had been receiving calls, emails from DCBL with offers to settle out of court and although I almost came close to taking this option, thanks to the advice on the forum I stood my ground and was adamant to see this to the very end!
As I was preparing my witness statement and waiting for a hearing date, low and behold on the following date I received the following!
14/07/2023 - Our client has instructed us to discontinue Court proceedings and close our file. Therefore, please find enclosed the Claimant’s N279 Notice of Discontinuance for your records.
How DCBL are able to put people through all this unnecessary stress and waste people and the courts time is just ridiculous.
Once again and big big thank you to all on here offering advice.
@Umkomaas , another one to add to the discontinuation list 😊
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