There’s nothing more annoying than receiving a driving fine, especially in the current climate with the general increased cost of living. Most of the time, these charges occur either accidentally or due to lack of driver knowledge.
The process when dealing with driving fines is slightly different when you lease a vehicle compared to when you own the vehicle yourself, and is standard across the lease industry.
We want to make sure that you are aware of what this process is, so that there are no unexpected surprises should the worse happen.
What kind of driving fines can I get?
Most of these are obvious, but some maybe not so much. Here are some examples:
- Parking fines (PCN)
- Speeding fines
- Driving in a bus lane
- Dart Charge (Dartford crossing charge, a toll booth in Dartford, England)
- London Congestion Charge (a daily charge for driving within the congestion zone within certain times of the day)
- Mersey Tunnel Tolls (a charge for the use of the tunnel)
What is the process of settling these fines when I lease a vehicle?
When you are driving a vehicle you own and receive a driving fine, you will receive the fine at your home address, and will be responsible for paying or disputing it yourself. When you are driving a lease vehicle, the process is slightly different.
Firstly, it will not be you who receives the fine initially, because you are not the owner of the vehicle. The owner is either us (Just Vehicle Solutions), or one of our suppliers.
The owner of the vehicle will receive the fine, and will then have to represent it to the corresponding authority for them to then issue the fine to the user of the vehicle.
Therefore, if we own the vehicle, we will receive the fine, represent it to the corresponding authority then they can contact you direct, the vehicle user. If the vehicle is owned by one of our suppliers, then the same process applies, but is slightly lengthier as representation is required onto us as well as yourself.
This process will generate an admin fee for the representation, which needs to be paid to us and is separate from the actual driving fine. These fees are made up of the fees passed to us from our supplier, and the cost for us to represent the fine to the corresponding authority.
This process, and any admin fees incurred are the norm across the lease industry.
If you would like any clarification on how to deal with driving fines when using one of our lease cars, don’t hesitate to get in touch and one of our friendly members of staff will be more than happy to advise.