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Parking Company court threats

PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:12 am
by shocksl
Hey guys
I dont know where to write this......
NO NAMES has been sending me letters because I didnt pay for a ticket.

I have parked there a few times and have always paid. However on one occasion, when I went my friend clearly gets out of the car tries to pay and couldnt pay as the machine wasnt working and so was another customer waiting there next to the machine as it couldnt accept our money.

Anyway, she went out the car park . I stayed in the car for 20 mins.

I have been told to ignore their letters.

However they seem to be taking to me to court. I have attached the latest letter they wrote to me. I went on their website and wrote to them ' I dont understand why you are charging that amount. could you please tell me the reason behind it?'

Could you please advice me as to what I can do?

Parking Company court threats

PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:51 am
by shocksl
sorry about using names above. Its about a parking fine from a private company.

Ive uploaded the letter and Ive rubbed out the names

ALSO can a MOD please change title of this thread to ' parking company court threats'

Re: Parking Company court threats

PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:23 am
by dls
First, the descrription you give takes it well outside the standard parking charge situation.

Much of the advice given abut in the web relates to situations where parking is free and people overstay.

Here you know of and accept the obligation to pay, but park without paying.

Look carefully at the wording of the notices. Test it out in your own mind - is parking dependent strictly upon have first paid up. If so, was not the proper alternative not to park.

You might ask them for copies of the records of tickets issued by the machine(s?) on the day. If what you say is correct then there should be a break in takings.

Re: Parking Company court threats

PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 1:07 pm
by shocksl
Hi thanks for your reply.

Well what I come to realise as I have used that car park since then and have bought tickets. Is that it doesn't accept new coins. As was trying to put in new ten pence coins. It still doesn't accept them.

Re: Parking Company court threats

PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 1:58 pm
by atticus
Notify the operator.

Re: Parking Company court threats

PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 10:56 am
by against-big-guns
I too am having problems with this unidentifed company -I recognise the signature. In my case someone might get arrested. The company has been operating for years by photographing vehicles on a public highway adjacent to a supermarket car park and using the photos as proof that the vehicle entered the car park. Mine has pictures of car approachinng and receding from the cameras on the highway but nothing within the premises. Lopoks like massive fraud to me.

check the company out fully

Re: Parking Company court threats

PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 12:32 pm
by Slartibartfast
shocksl wrote:my friend clearly gets out of the car tries to pay and couldnt pay as the machine wasnt working and so was another customer waiting there next to the machine as it couldnt accept our money.... However they seem to be taking to me to court.


Write to them, asking if they are aware that the single payment machine on site was faulty (if there were other machines, give up now and pay the charge). If they agree the machine was faulty, tell them you will appeal through POPLA if they try to penalise you for not paying.

If they deny the machine was faulty, ask them if they issued an unusual number of penalties at that site on that day. Tell them you will appeal through POPLA and ask that this data is disclosed to the adjudicator.

POPLA adjudicators tend to give the benefit of the doubt to the complainant, so if there's anything dodgy about the penalty they won't want it to be independently reviewed.

Re: Parking Company court threats

PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 7:01 pm
by blig
Slartibartfast wrote:(if there were other machines, give up now and pay the charge)


A different take on that: if schocksl remained in his car at all times, this may describe loading or waiting and not parking. Was any charge specified on the sign for loading or waiting?

Re: Parking Company court threats

PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 7:22 pm
by Slartibartfast
blig wrote:A different take on that: if schocksl remained in his car at all times, this may describe loading or waiting and not parking. Was any charge specified on the sign for loading or waiting?


Good luck with that one :lol: . I think that the landowner can claim a charge for stationary vehicles, whether attended or not. I think that even if you drove slowly round the carpark for 3 hours they could still charge (unless you were unsuccessfully seeking a place to park).

Re: Parking Company court threats

PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 7:54 am
by diy
Just to add that this is a letter before action. They are not taking you to court, until you actually get a notice from the court. Every letter before that, can be seen as an attempt to get you to pay.