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Do you think I should report this?

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ComeOVeneer Wed 17-May-06 21:01:43

Haven't put this in "legal" as I don't think it warrants it. One of the parents of a child at dd's school (not in her class so I don't know them at all) comes to collect the child in their car. I notived that the tax disc expired June 2004 . I was rather surprised they hadn't been caught but thought no more about it until I spoke to my father, who is a magistrate. He said I must report this guy as the car also probably isn't MOT'd or insured. Do you think I should or is it a bit "busy-body". I ask as my dad is becomimg a bit of a Victor Meldrew (?sp) these days.

hunkercaribou Wed 17-May-06 21:06:16

I'd report it. But I'm like that

Freckle Wed 17-May-06 21:07:50

Report it. As your dad says, it's probably not mot'd or insured either. He may be a bit of a Victor Meldrew, but that doesn't make him wrong .

SenoraPostrophe Wed 17-May-06 21:07:55

think you should change your name to meldrew and be done with it.

JoolsToo Wed 17-May-06 21:08:44

Yes I would - if they were in an accident the other person would be stuffed (maybe in more ways than one )

TheLadyVanishes Wed 17-May-06 21:08:47

mmmm funny one really, I know someone who put the disc in the cover but didn't take out the old one and it went underneath it so obviously it looked like they hadn't renewed it.

JoolsToo Wed 17-May-06 21:09:10

Imeant if they've no insurance either

mousiemousie Wed 17-May-06 21:10:42

People who pay tax and insurance subsidise those who don't - why should we?

Marne Wed 17-May-06 21:10:50

Could she of just bought the car (the day before) and not managed to tax it yet?

SaintGeorge Wed 17-May-06 21:11:34

Report it. There is a special DVLA number you can ring and do it anonymously. I will try to find it for you.

yackertyyack Wed 17-May-06 21:11:52

report him.....this bugs me as none of us 'want' to pay for these things but we have to!!

SaintGeorge Wed 17-May-06 21:13:33

All the ways to report .

Marne - even if that was the reason, it would still be illegal.

ComeOVeneer Wed 17-May-06 21:14:10

Dad is also a bit bitter about drivers atm as he (and my mum) where hit by a drunk driver 2 weeks ago writting of the courtesy car they had whilst dad's car was being serviced. They were both absolutely fine (thank God). He now isn't allowed to sit on drink related cases for a while.

ComeOVeneer Wed 17-May-06 21:15:30

I doubt it Marne , have seen it several times over the last few weeks.

tinkerbellchelle Wed 17-May-06 21:16:11

I would report him... its unfair that people get away without paying for these things that we all do!

SenoraPostrophe Wed 17-May-06 21:21:42

god am I the only non busy body?

(mousie: road tax payers do not subsidise non road tax payers. hundreds of thousands of previously untaxed cars came to light after they moved to the new database, but the didn't decrease tax to compensate did they?)

Caligula Wed 17-May-06 21:22:10

Normally, I would just tell the people - "did you know your tax disc has fallen off?" so that they're sort of warned.

But in this case, as it's so long since they've bought a new one, I'd be inclined to go along with your dad and think that actually, they probably uninsured, un mot'd tailgaters who park on yellow lines, double park outside school gates, break the speed limit when it's school chucking out time and don't care if they kill pedestrians and are generally a BAD LOT. So yes, I'd report this one.

SenoraPostrophe Wed 17-May-06 21:22:27

perhaps I've been living in spain for too long

ComeOVeneer Wed 17-May-06 21:24:45

I was concerned that I would be seen as being petty and sticking my nose in where it didn't belong, but it seems the general consensus is to report it so I think I will. Thanks everyone.

2shoes Wed 17-May-06 21:26:29

sorry I wouldn't report it as have done it myself when I was younger.

expatinscotland Wed 17-May-06 21:26:36


If you can't afford the tax, you can't afford to run a car. End of. It's a privilege, not a right.

If he hits someone they're stuffed and that's sooooo wrong.

hulababy Wed 17-May-06 21:26:45

Report it anonymously. It isn't right that they aren't paying. If they can't afford the tax they shouldn't have the car. If they can't be bothered or don't care about not having tax, they shouldn't have the car. Simple!

oops Wed 17-May-06 21:31:34

Message withdrawn

edam Wed 17-May-06 21:32:40

I'm usually anti-shopping people but July 04?

FWIW I would report them, because I was run over by an uninsured driver and I would hate that to happen to anyone else (given that no tax may well mean no insurance).

LIZS Wed 17-May-06 21:34:19

but car tax is so visible - if they haven't paid that , something which is really easy to get caught out on, then what else haven't they paid up on ?

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