- Dec 28, 2009
Ah... The British way.
In another life i owned a steam roller back in the 80s. Tax exempt because it was classed as a road making machine or something similar. It had to display a valid tax disc and the fee was recorded as 00.00. And yes it was also mot exempt.It’s all a massive load of bollox.
What other licensable pursuit requires you to register NOT to have a license?
Do I need to register to NOT have a shotgun license, fishing license, TV license, etc, etc?
But I need to register when I DO NOT have road fund license, and even though they already know this.
It is very wrong, on many levels, practical and principle.
You would have a fight on your hands and might have lost the court case, as the onus is on you to prove that you do not use it for TV signals. Unless the law has changed somewhat, having ANY apparatus capable of receiving TV signals constitutes having need for a licence unless it is only used to receive digital radio signals;Ariel is a dead give away?!
I would GLADLY go to court and defend myself against that...
As far as I know, there is no legal requirement to hold a licence for an unused ariel.
I had a friend who went through this kind of thing. Basically, he discovered the authorities are full of lies and assumptions.
They picked the wrong bloke on this occasion, but it’s still a very poor show.
I think my primary defence argument would be the lack of ownership of a television.You would have a fight on your hands and might have lost the court case, as the onus is on you to prove that you do not use it for TV signals. Unless the law has changed somewhat, having ANY apparatus capable of receiving TV signals constitutes having need for a licence unless it is only used to receive digital radio signals;
TV Licensing offers the following advice to those who have a TV but 'who wish to make it clear that they do not need a licence':
remove the television from the aerial;
cover the aerial socket so that it can't be used;
ensure that when channels on the television are selected no television signal is received.
However, TV Licensing also says that it is not compulsory to follow this advice. To listen to digital radio on a TV, for example, it would be necessary to attach the TV to an aerial and tune the TV to different channels. The BBC has made it clear that it is legal to listen to digital radio using a TV without holding a TV licence.