In court this morning, as predicated CEL didn't turn up. Judge said that the case was dismissed and even if they had attended, after he had read all the notes, I would have won the case. He told me I could apply for costs, l had these typed up and ready amounting to £143. No questions asked, awarded immediately.There were several CEL cases today; one each in Derby and Haverford West and two in Halifax, so today's no shows may well have cost CEL £600.
Of course, this is small beer to them; they rely on scaring the defendant into paying up. In Bristol court it was stated they were filing cases at the rate of 200 a week. If there are only 4 hearings a day (20 a week) then this means the other 180 cases paid up £130 (excluding court fees).
CEL will have taken in £23,400 for an outlay of around £3,000 - an excellent return on investment.
The Parking Prankster