No. Or sort of noApril 16 2012 at 11:38 PM
nathan (Login ratbike-nath)
Response to I agree
Nowadays parking isn't a criminal issue, but if you ignore the letters they send you through the post it gets passed to proper bailiffs. Obviously they come looking for you at the address on your logbook, and if they find your bike parked outside will probably try and have it away even though they're meant to follow procedures of warnings or stuff. Also they post letters through your door by hand without bothering to knock, then charge you for this (added to your debt). As far as I understand they're not allowed to forcibly break into your house to take your possessions, but if they find a legal way in you're screwed.
Apparently one of the big bailiff companies did a television series and on part of it they worked with the met police, who pulled people over for "random checks" when really they were just trying to find vehicles which had incurred parking tickets that had been passed to that bailiffs group, at which point the bailiffs stepped out and took the car, and if the owner/driver tried to stop them the police arrested them. But otherwise there's no way your bike can be pinched legally.
* On a side note, look at the channel4 Gypsy Weddings which shows the Dale Farm evictions. The police go in on their own and clear out all the demonstrators and residents. Everything I've ever read suggests the police are only allowed to prevent crimes taking place (eg residents attacking bailiffs) and are not allowed to actively assist bailiffs. This looks like a classic case of the elites ignoring the law to suit their purposes.
I ended up paying a double price parking ticket that had been passed to the bailiffs, though fortunately the bailiff charges were only about 20quid. I didn't have a choice as they were sending letters to my old man's house, and he had in his head the stereotypical image of bailiffs forcing their way in and nicking his tele. If you have your logbook in a false name, at a "safe" address, then you should be able to completely safe to ignore them. I didn't do this and it cost me a couple of hundred quid, I wouldn't make the same mistake again.