I sent him an email, as follows:
Thank you for your incorrectly addressed letter of 22 October 2009. It had the intended affect I must say. That is to say I felt intimidated and felt like I had no choice to pay. However, after going over your letter I realise there are still a few more points that must be addressed before we as human beings can reach a mutual resolve over this unfortunate matter.
I have not at any stage disputed that car XXXXXXX may have entered the congestion charging zone. I am more than happy to ensure the registered keeper arranges payment (maybe via some other person) for the £8 charge. What I do not consent to is TfLs bullyish tactics and hence why I refused TfLs offer of a contract.
I asked you to confirm that TfL were trying to contract with my person and I have received no denial of this, no refute, so I will take this as confirmation. You must be aware that a contract requires offer, consideration and then acceptance/refusal. I have considered your offer and I have refused. So why do you now write to me claiming I made representations against the PCN?
Could you also please enlighten me on another sneaky point on your letter. You state that I can make appeals to the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service. Would you kindly tell me where this 'service' gets its funding. I am under the impression they are funded through parking tickets, congestion charging fines, and other such income. In light of this, could you please explain to me how it would be possible for me, or any other injured party, to get an independent decision from the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service.
I would like to thank you for the invoice I received on page 4 of your letter. However, there is no date on the invoice. Does this mean I should assume the outstanding balance shall always remain £60? How can I use this invoice for tax purposes?
If you are unwilling to drop this whole act could you at least send me a valid invoice.
Lastly I wanted to enquire as to why you, Steven Gentle, Enforcement Operations Manager, have customer services as your email address. I find this most strange. Surely if you are enforcing TfLs operation on the citizens of London this would be a conflict of interest to your role of serving customers. Mind you I do not expect any customer service as I am not a customer. I seek no custom with your company. I seek no harm towards you or your company. I just wish to settle this matter peacefully.
Without ill will or vexation
I do not have any faith that this will 'get me off the hook' as it were, but it does feel good to give them a piece of my mind. I have been sending and receiving emails with PATAS (the appeals people) and London Councils (who I am now trying to establish are a company as there is a London Councils Ltd on Companies House)- and have received confirmation the appeal, if it went ahead would be funded by TfL- so is quite clearly not 'independent' as they state.
I phoned up and paid- I didnt do it online as you have to agree to their Data Notice - but the money aint left my bank yet and its been marked as paid so i'm assuming it will come out my bank over this weekend. I am now considering writing a few more letters to get a refund- when I paid I never contracted I just gave them some money relating to the PCN- and I have it in writing I never contracted with TfL. Again I do not expect any response but it might get their backs up a bit. On other news I have written to Wandsworth Council quoting the International Criminal Courts Acts 2001, sections 51 and 52, which forbid me from paying any money to our government due to war crimes and genocide in Iraq and Afghanistan, so lets see what happens with that.
what is now prov'd was once only imagined - William Blake