Gone are the days when it cost just a few pence to park for a few hours, or even overnight. Now it seems to cost an arm and a leg and then there’s the likelihood of receiving a parking ticket to add to the cost.
In many of your favourite places the parking is generally provided by a private organisation on behalf of the landowner. Failure to comply with the rules means on your return you’ll find a parking ticket slapped on the window.
Common types of parking ticket
Basically, there are two different types of parking ticket. A Penalty Charge Notice, issued by a local authority because your vehicle was parked incorrectly or for too long. Usually in a parking bay or car park in a town or city centre.
The other type is called a Parking Charge Notice, issued by a private company. It’s not the same as a Penalty Charge Notice, in that it’s not backed up by law. It’s an invoice for a breach of contract. Bet you didn’t even appreciate that you were entering into a contract.
How to avoid Parking Charge Notices
One of the best ways to avoid a Parking Charge Notice is to read the displayed terms and conditions. If they’re hard to find or hidden in any way this will be a bonus should you find a Parking Charge Notice left on your window. But don’t count on this defence 100%. There are a number of other things you can do to reduce the likelihood of being issued a ticket:
- Keep within the parking bays, don’t park on or over the lines
- Don’t park in a disabled bay unless you’re displaying a blue disabled badge
- Make sure you return to your vehicle before your ticket expires
What to do if you’re issued with a Parking Charge Notice
If you feel the notice was issued in error and you haven’t breached the terms and conditions you can appeal. If this is this case then don’t pay anything as this will be considered an admission of guilt. Gather together some evidence to support your appeal. Take pictures of the signs, proof of time if appropriate, and the way your vehicle was parked. Also keep any receipts. First contact the operator. Check whether the operator is a member of the BPA or IPC. Check whether they have acted in accordance with the code of practise. If they aren’t a member of one of these organisations you’ll need to take advice from Citizen’s Advice or seek legal advice. If you’re not happy with the response from the operator you can take your case to POPLA. And if you’re not happy with that decision your next port of call is the Ombudsman Services.
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