generation of television detector vans hit the streets
Licensing launches 10th model of van in UK
Licensing today (Tuesday 24 June) launches its new generation of
detector van, the 10th to be rolled out in more than 50 years.
new vans use the most advanced technology available and are the
first to be designed with removable TV Licensing branding, designed
to make them look like any other white van on the streets.
Wood, TV Licensing spokesperson, said: "These new vans really
are a case of 'now you see it, now you don't'.
we are able to remove the TV Licensing logo, licence evaders won't
know we're in the area unless we want them to.
ago you could spot the first TV detector vans coming a mile off
as the aerial on top was as wide as the van. This is the first time
we have used covert vans and they will be only one part of our activities
to target licence evaders."
Last year TV
Licensing caught over 440,000 evaders. The technology developed
especially for this new generation of vans means that evaders are
even more likely to be caught.
Wood said: "The new vans are so powerful they can tell if a
TV is in use in as little as 20 seconds. And once the television
is detected, the equipment - which works from up to 60 metres away
- can pinpoint the actual room that the television set is in.
the technology is so secret that even the engineers working on different
detection systems worked in isolation – not even they know
how the other detection methods work."
For the first
time the detector vans will use GPS satellite technology to track
down targeted addresses. This will enable TV Licensing to precisely
target individual evader homes using up-to-the-minute information
from its database of 28 million addresses.
detector vans help TV Licensing catch around 1,200 evaders every
day. Anyone caught without a licence risks a trip to court and a
fine of up to £1,000.
It is illegal
to use or install television receiving equipment to receive television
programme services if you are not properly licensed.
further information about the many ways to buy a licence or the
concessions available please call 0870 241 5590 or visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk.
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TV Licence costs £116. There are several ways to pay.
Card: Simply call 08705 22 66 66 and pay by credit or debit card.
facility accepts payment from a range of cards including Visa, Mastercard,
Switch, Delta and Connect.
can also pay online using your credit or debit card at www.tvlicensing.co.uk.
Debit: Direct debit is now the most popular and hassle-free way
to pay for your licence - more than half of all licence payers now
pay this way.
08705 22 66 66 to set up a monthly, quarterly or annual Direct Debit.
Post: Simply send a cheque made payable to TV Licensing to the following
address: TV Licensing, Freepost BS6689, Bristol BS1 3YJ.
write your name, address and reference number on the back.
Any Post Office: Pay by cash or cheque at any post office branch.
Just pick up an application form when you're there or ask at the
counter for details.
Cash payments under the Cash Easy Entry scheme at PayPoint outlets
around the UK - call 08457 289 289.