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Traffic Management Act 2004

Section 82: Enforcement of penalty charges

215.It is necessary to have the ability to enforce payment of penalty charges and section 82enables regulations to be made by the Lord Chancellor for this purpose. The first step to induce payment will be the imposition of a surcharge on the original penalty. If this does not secure payment then an enforcement model (which is expected substantially to replicate by regulations the procedure under the Road Traffic Act 1991) will be followed. The procedure is for unpaid penalty charges to be registered at the Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC) – part of the Northampton County Court – and enforced as a county court debt if the TEC so orders. The regulations are expected to provide that if no payment is made, and no statutory declaration disclaiming responsibility is received, the enforcement authority may seek to enforce payment by execution by a certificated bailiff.

216.The regulations may create an offence, punishable by a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale (i.e. a maximum of £5,000), and it is expected that regulations will create an offence of making a false statutory declaration to avoid enforcement. Provision is made for continuing in force existing provisions in respect of parking fines incurred under the 1991 Act and regulations in connection with the execution of warrants of execution by bailiffs.

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