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  1. If you accept the idea of toll roads (why does taxation pay for 99.99% of roads but not others - most of which are tunnels and crossings which by their nature are difficult to avoid) then using technology to avoid the need for barriers is a good idea. It's partly why so many people forget to pay because the journey across is a pretty seamless experience. Once upon a time I used the Tyne Tunnel regularly and that wasn't a pleasant experience during rush hour. If I had just received the PCN I would have paid the fine - couldn't argue, I had forgotten to pay. It was the offer to accept late payment and then having a system that couldn't recognise and deal with the fact that I had already paid followed by a robotic response from the staff. This clearly wasn't the first time they'd had the same conversation but even then they can't deal with it outside of going to an 'appeals process'. I'm pretty sure that if it went to court then a Judge would take the view that I'd acted in good faith and that I'd did what most people would do in the circumstances. Having said that, I'm most likely going to pay the fine and then hope I win my appeal and get a refund - we shall see.
  2. Just received my second PCN for non-payment of the DART crossing toll in late July this year. Yes, I totally forget to pay within 24 hours but realised about 10 days later so I went online and paid the crossing charge. Big mistake. The following day, a PCN notice arrived together with a letter stating that as it was my 1st offence - if I paid within 14 days the PCN would be cancelled. OK, I thought. I've already paid the charge so that's it, no need to worry about it any more. Until today when the second PCN arrived - and obviously the fine is now over £100. So I ring the DART payments line and ask them what was going on. Seems that the system cannot only cross-reference payment and toll for the first 24 hours. After that it's just credited against future tolls - even though I had an outstanding charge to pay. Not how the banks would work for sure! I have to take some blame, I didn't read the letter closely enough - it seems you need to enter the PCN number when making the payment, which of course I couldn't have done when I did pay as the PCN notice had not arrived at that point. So now they tell me I have to appeal online, the appeals process can take 8 weeks but I have only 14 days to pay the fine before the debt is passed to the County Court. Lessons learnt - don't pay until demand letter arrives and read the documents carefully. Sorry, rant over but I work in IT and that's a S**t piece of design and logic - someone should be ashamed.
  3. Yeah I read the Lord Flasheart saga with his BMW. It's long been removed from PH to appease the lawyers but I think there's a website somewhere with the whole sorry tale. Lexus have batted some claims (wasn't there an ISF with a gearbox failure but then I think that was partially settled eventually) but they do seem to be much better than most
  4. Yeah, they look a whole lot better. It's a shame that the factory finish is so prone to corrosion. I had my alloy's repainted about 2 years ago and they're still fine so hopefully yours will last a good while too. You'll just have to make sure you don't kerb them now 🙂
  5. Good Luck Brian with getting this sorted. Can't offer any real insight but as you say component swapping is probably the best way of finding the fault. Have you owned the car for very long?
  6. Do you mean the label to the right of the gear selector - P R N D Something like this do?
  7. Another vote for 7-zip from me
  8. It needs Active-X to work. What browser are you using?
  9. at what point are you stuck?
  10. you're between a rock and a hard place... I understand your reluctance to spend cash on a car you have already decided is history but I suspect the hit you will take on any resale value, trade or otherwise, will be more than the cost of fixing the fault.
  11. bobmc

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    The lights are just an indicator of a fault, you need a device to read the codes to determine what the fault is - do you have one or do you know someone who does? If by any chance, you have just put fuel in the car, you could check that the fuel filler cap is properly fitted
  12. there you go
  13. Nice to hear, looks like you struck lucky there btw you need to change your profile info or do you have an RX300 as well? You can download the manual for the navigation system here If you need a physical copy I would have thought they would come up on ebay from time to time