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Parking charge - pay or dispute?


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Private land

30 min free if you enter registration and get a ticket from the machine

The ticket machine is new, there was free stay for an hour previously, that can be seen on Google streetview

It was dark, I did not spot the new signs. Parked for 35 min, so would have not been charged under new rules if I got the ticket. This is reflected in the letter. Reason for Issue is given as: Failure to claim free parking ticket. 

Charge is 60 if paid in 2 weeks, 100 after. 

Happy to dispute but wouldn't want to attend court. 

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A few questions. Is it somewhere like LIDL car park? If so, write a letter to the head office and they will cancel it.

Is it a council one? If yes, generally the advice is just to pay it.

If not, then decide now if you can be arsed with sending a few letters and spending an hour or so researching the ways to get out of, on places like Pepipoo. If it's Parking Eye then be prepared for an uphill battle, to an extent, but you will still get it cancelled with relative ease.

Edit: I'd suggest posting on Pepipoo anyway, their advice is stellar.

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If you want to really annoy them you wait a while and then ask them to prove who was driving Pepipoo will tell you how to play that game as I cant remember the timescales immediately

The letter I use is at 

as in reality they can only claim for the minimum appropriate fee which would be for 1 hour of parking.

 

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3 hours ago, spunko said:

A few questions. Is it somewhere like LIDL car park? If so, write a letter to the head office and they will cancel it.

Is it a council one? If yes, generally the advice is just to pay it.

If not, then decide now if you can be arsed with sending a few letters and spending an hour or so researching the ways to get out of, on places like Pepipoo. If it's Parking Eye then be prepared for an uphill battle, to an extent, but you will still get it cancelled with relative ease.

Edit: I'd suggest posting on Pepipoo anyway, their advice is stellar.

It's Bank Park. Used to be signs 1h max etc, as per roadside of main roads. Next to a few shops. 

I always assumed it was council but the new sign says private land

2 hours ago, eek said:

If you want to really annoy them you wait a while and then ask them to prove who was driving Pepipoo will tell you how to play that game as I cant remember the timescales immediately

The letter I use is at 

as in reality they can only claim for the minimum appropriate fee which would be for 1 hour of parking.

 

 

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Interestingly glancing at Vehicle Control Services £100 ticket for 19 minutes over 2hrs - FightBack Forums (pepipoo.com) (not the right company just the first interesting thread on the forum) there should be a 10 minute exit grace period.

So they shouldn't be doing anything for stays under 40 minutes.

Granted you should have used the ticket machine but go back at night and take photos of the unilluminated signs. 

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On 11/01/2021 at 07:15, spunko said:

Safe to ignore then but I'd definitely check pepipoo to see how others have handled this company as I've never heard of them.

I haven't found anything specific so registered and started a topic there.  A bit late as after tomorrow, I'd need to pay £100 instead of £60 but will try anyway.

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@spunko pepipoo is excellent. Already provided a draft to send.

It's interesting that the focus of the appeal is on the parking company's failure to send the notice within legally required 14 days, rather than on anything that I thought was important (the parking period being actually free or the fact that rules have recently changed in that specific location). 

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