A man who doesn’t even drive has been bombarded with more than 100 motoring fines and chased by bailiffs.
NHS admin worker Rob Richards has never held a driver’s licence but keeps receiving the notices – addressed to another motorist – in the post.
Mr Richards described the flood of letters as a ‘nuisance’ and said he’d got so many they’d become ‘meaningless’.
They’d been sent by several organisations including rental company Hertz, Sandwell Council and Thames Valley Police.
‘If these companies put as much effort as chasing me into resolving the issues, it would be sorted in a few days,’ he said.
Another man, a 74-year-old who just gave his name as Barry, told BBC investigators how despite not having a licence he had received £23,000 in motoring fines.
The 200 fines were sent to his home but addressed to two different drivers he had never heard of.
Meanwhile, Stewart Gardner, a teacher from Erdington, Birmingham, got around 30 demands including Clean Air Zone charges and parking fines for a car he does not own.
‘It’s alarming to think how common it is and it’s frustrating that people can get away with it,’ he said.
He had got in touch with DVLA and asked them to remove the vehicle registration from his home address to try to resolve it.
Mr Gardner said: ‘It makes them feel invincible as they’ve addressed the letters to someone else.
‘It’s so easy to not be accountable for your driving and it’s frustrating that people can get away with it.’
The DLVA said it was ‘looking into the complaints’ and advises people who are sent fines for vehicles they do not own to return them to the organisation that has contacted them.
They’re also advised to notify the DVLA straight away, as the DVLA can then contact the relevant organisation to confirm the person is not the owner of the vehicle.
If necessary, it can also advise the person who has been wrongly fined about how to contact Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre.
Last year a group of residents hit out at a housing association after being fined for parking in their own street despite having permits.
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