Hi, my first post and need some legal type wording to respond to the fourth letter from MET.
In Feb I visited McDonalds Billingsgate London for a coffee and send a few email on my Blackberry. I was there around 20min. I left and went away but returned later that morning for a burger and coffee when I stayed around half an hour. Neither time did I leave the premisis and both times I purchased goods from McDonalds.
Two weeks later my company (I drive a company car) received a £50 Parking fine as I had returned to the restaurant car park twice within a 90min period.
I owned up as the driver but refused to pay as i had not left my car in the car park for any time other than when consuming McDonalds products.
I did not see the sign which I now think is a little too high but I would bnever even look for one when this was clearly a McDonalds owned carpark and I was there only to purchase goods from them.
I have never had parking fine or any motoring offence in 30 years of professional driving in excess of 30000 mile a year.
I have now had four letters fron MET advising that the cntravention occured and the fine is upheld. Each time I have written explaining the above and that as I do not consider I have committed any offence I will not pay and that I will be happy to defend my case in court.
Today I have received another letter asking if i have legal representation in the matter and if so supply an address for service of documents. The letter also threatens me with additional costs, debt recovery agent and/or court proceedings.
I am prepared to go to court over this but would like to ensure this happens before they send debt recovery agents.
I now feel this letter is intimidating and even feel harassed into paying something my principal says I should not be paying.
Could anyone give me a legal view please.
I am not trying to get free legal advice as I would be prepared to pay for it rather than pay these people one penny.
Thanks in advance.