posted on Dec, 13 2013 @ 12:00 PM
reply to post by DrHammondStoat
That's not entirely true - the BBC outsources much of the collection work to
Capita, but Capita is not the Licensing Authority. Several other
companies are employed for different aspects of the TV License work. It is still the BBC that is in charge, mind.
On the rest of it though, you're quite right. The "Enforcement Officers" are just normal Joe Public's and have no special powers. You are under no
obligation to open the door, allow them access or even engage them in conversation.
The onus is on them to prove you are in breach of the Law, not on you to prove you're not. They can apply for a Warrant from a Magistrate, but they
rarely do. Many people are prosecuted though, over 180,000 in 2012 alone but that was out of a total 400,000 odd who admitted not having a license
when they should have done.