Discussion in 'Screwfix' started by Comlec, Apr 15, 2018.
Agree. Ignore the letter. Let them send you photographic proof too. Dont contact them.
Unless they have a single photo showing the mis-parked van not in bay, AND no driver in the van in the same frame, tell'em they took the picture while you were still attempting to park.
These parking companies will try anything. Just checking the car reg details are your current address with the DVLA.
Would not be the first time they managed to get it through the court by using that excuse
Don’t think it’s actual parking charges to leave vehicle in a space, more a fine for parking outside of bay markings
As above, probably all spaces are governed by 1 landlord and compliance is subbed out to a monitoring firm
I’ve had this at local Topps Tiles. Was looking for tiles and collecting samples, didn’t realise parking was restricted to 1 hour (signs are up by bays stating this) and as store was busy, we went over the 1 hour limit
Got a fine through the post, starting at £60, soon rising for non payment
Stormed back to Topps and demanded an explanation and refused to pay. They were very helpful, admited that this was a frequent issue and they would contact parking company on our behalf to ‘wipe’ the ticket
They explained that parking conditions are not controlled by Tops but put in place to stop cars being left all day as parking is free
Received a letter from Tops manager to confirm that the issue has been dealt with and we won’t have any further demands - all in all, not Tops fault but excellent customer service
I would imagine that this SF branch is aware of this situation but wonder if they will actually get involved - good luck
I had a ludicrous situation once where the private parking enforcement firm, ticketed my van when it was inside my own industrial unit with the shutter up being loaded. For not parking within a marked bay! Guy apparently hid behind a car, wrote out the ticket and ran up and slapped it on.
It was inside my own unit for crying out loud.
I didnt pay, but I rang them and they cancelled the ticket.
these private companies have no more clout than you or i
they must proceed through the civil process like you or i
they are allowed to pay and get your details via dvlc or voters open list
i personally dont drive but think it should be questioned why any tom dick or harry[ett] should be allowed to get our details
Blame Tony Blair for that??
voters dvlc list or both ??
or freeing up regulation on parking ??
or something else ??
Selling what ever he could to the highest bidder, in this case our data held by DVLA.
It's a huge earner for the DVLA, they pay £2.50 for each address. I'm not sure how the new data protection rules will affect that as they don't sell your details under a related law, simply for profit.
Funnily they will still happily sell a Scottish address even although there is no keeper liability in Scotland, so absolutely no reason for them to be requested by the parking company.
Do remember years ago before the DVLA started selling private reg the police would regularly pull you in if they thought it looked dodgy, now you seem to be able to have anything on your plate
sorry I'm going to disagree here. if you ignore them, you'll get a series of letters ending up in a small claims summons. this is the process the private parking companies rely upon. My suggestion is to respond now and challenge them asking for evidence. you can continue to fight it from there if they ever respond
The other thing I would do is to write to the company you were visiting and explain that at no time were the parking charges and penalties made clear to you by them so in your view you will cold them liable for any consequential loss. Whilst this may not hold up legally, it might just get them to help out on your behalf
when this is settled, I'd then take it as a clear message to shop elsewhere...
Trouble is that private parking companies rely upon scaring people into paying when they shouldnt be.
They are well versed in dressing up meaningless letters before action as official documents.
absolutely agree, the problem is that ignoring the meaningless letters could result in papers from the small claims court arriving - better to proactively head them off
It is a urban myth that private parking fines are unenforceable.
But what is true is that they very rarely go to court to enforce them.
theres a lot of barrack room lawyers on here Comlec, the juries out
What jury? This is a civil matter. Very unlikely to be a jury unless the parking attendant wrote something libellous on the parking charge notice.
Useful link here https://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/motoring/cars/using/2016/parking-fines-on-private-land
Big difference between a Parking Charge Notice and a Penalty Charge Notice, although the law or interpretation of it, may have changed a bit recently.
Unless OP signed for the letter, parking firm has no proof he received it, I had a letter put through my door late Friday evening, dated January 26th, no idea where its been.
Just a figure of speech, I meant the SF jury on here are giving conflicting advice
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