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Parking Charge Notice

Postby Corby » Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:09 am

Hello everyone,
Back in November 2010 I parked my car in a private pay and display car park. I put my money in the machine and pressed for a ticket which was my mistake as I should have put my reg number in first. I had a look around for an attendant but there wasn't one in sight so I phoned the number on their display. I spoke to their rep who I presumed was taking my details and told me to display the ticket I had. As I was walking out of the car park an attendant walked in and I replayed the situation to him and identified my car to him. He told me to keep my ticket for further reference. Sometime afterwards I received a PCN so I e-mailed the company explaining the scenario but this fell on deaf ears and they insisted I had contravened their rules so I needed to pay the PCN. I ignored all further correspondence and forgot all about it. On the 16th July this year a company that "Specialise in Legal Recoveries" contacted me and are acting on behalf of their client for payment of £xx plus £54 legal fees. I wrote a short reply stating I don't recognise any debt and not to contact me again unless to confirm their client has issued proceedings. I have now received a further letter for me to pay by 2nd September. What do I do now? Do I contact them or ignore? What do I say if I do and do I have any grounds to counter claim for harassment? I still have my original ticket and original phone bill with the companies number on it and time I called.
Sorry for the long post and thank you in anticipation.
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Re: Parking Charge Notice

Postby atticus » Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:51 am

Sit tight. It will soon be November 2016. The limitation period to start any form of court action is 6 years.

Ignore these letters. Under no circumstances should you admit liability.
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Re: Parking Charge Notice

Postby Corby » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:08 pm

Ok, I will, thank you
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Re: Parking Charge Notice

Postby diy » Mon Aug 22, 2016 12:32 pm

For peace of mind while you sit tight, you might try googling the names of the recovery firms. There are quite a few forums which collect the "dunning letters" issued and post them up so you can see yours are likely to be identical to others and as personal and threatening as they seem, they are often just system generated collection letters. Also their powers to collect are somewhat limited since this claim pre-dates Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 SCHEDULE 4 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/201 ... /4/enacted which they may be relying on.
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Re: Parking Charge Notice

Postby Corby » Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:35 pm

Thanks diy, I've had a quick look but I can't find any cases where they're actually chasing someone who has paid for a ticket, all be it without the relevant VRN and being told by their clients representative at the time on the phone to display that ticket. In a strange way I'm looking forward to going to court! I am curious if I can counter claim for harassment though.
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Re: Parking Charge Notice

Postby diy » Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:59 pm

unlikely. and you'd be unlikely to get any cost in the unlikely event they take you to court.
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