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  1. Yes, but they are handing out taxpayers' money to their friends (and contributors to Party funds?) that is what being Tory is all about.
  2. Methinks the BPA is being mistaken for a legitimate regulator. It was formed by the parking companies for the purpose of furthering the interests of the parking companies, by masquerading as an independent authority. Do not fall for this.
  3. Yes indeed. It appears that the situation has changed vastly in as little as three years, and that some of these companies have gone on the offensive! I'm not too proud to say I'm wrong, Sabresheep, so there it is- I was wrong with out-of-date information. It simply amazes me that the scenario has changed so vastly. My apologies. The only thing I can say, is that if all of these claims (or even a substantial proportion of them) got defended then it would come back to bite them on the bum. Cases would get transferred to the driver's local court, and would thus be difficult t
  4. The last year for which I can find a published figure for the number of Court cases brought by PPCs was 2011, obtained under a Freedom of Information request. This showed that the total number of cases brought by all operators in that year was 845. More than half of these were by two companies, Observices (221) and Devere (216), then a hospital with 47. Most other in single figures. Parking Eye brought 5. Some major players such as Smart Parking brought none at all. It does not state how many of the claims succeeded, but I would guess that many of those that did, went by d
  5. Sabresheep, of course you and others are free to disagree with my ideas and I do not have any problem with that. However, it would be appreciated if you were to base your criticisms on what I actually said, rather than on your own spin on my posts. I did not advocate ignoring letters, nor have I suggested or implied that anyone should deliberately seek to get parking tickets from operators. Personally I treat them as being beneath contempt, as they have the mentality of protection racketeers. I did do a fair time as an advisor on another forum which will remain nameless and
  6. Perhaps you should read my posts a little more carefully, Sabresheep. NOWHERE have I used the word "ignore". I know perfectly well that ignoring is no longer good practice; not responding (and also the letters coming back undelivered) may actually encourage companies to issue claims as they think they won't be replied too and an easy default judgment can be obtained. The main purpose of which is to put up on their websites to show how tough they are. So I never ignore any of the tickets I get. I simply respond by saying that their request for payment has not been approved on this o
  7. We can all have our opinions Sabre, but let us not forget that this is civil law we are talking about, not criminal. No-one is going to be thrown into jail for not paying. No disrespect but the only reason these parasites are able to stay in business is because enough people are cowed into paying by their empty threats. The country is divided into two distinct groups. Those that think these charges will be enforced, and those that know they won't be. The latter need to educate the former. It would be really nice to have the Supreme Court make the correct ruling,
  8. Well, that is my idea. Please read again because I advocate organising a campaign of disobedience, not to "The Law", but to something that we are all saying is NOT legal- i.e. private parking fines! And is not disobedience by deliberately refusing to comply with unlawfully imposed conditions equally appropriate? A fund to help those who are made the scapegoats would at least allow them to fight the case and at the end of it (if the Court so orders) pay the judgment so as not to have a recorded CCJ. Thus I am not advocating disobedience to a lawful judgment. and no, I
  9. Private parking companies have no fast-track system of enforcement such as that used by councils, which is cheap and quick. Therefore, if you don't pay, the only route by which they can collect is to raise a claim in the County Court. Even allowing for the idiot decision of the COA, the claim is for an amount which will be within Small Claims jurisdiction. That means that by the time they have paid the lawyer their fee, which they can't recover as costs, they lose money on every claim even if they succeed. Hence they only bring very, very occasional cases just to be able to put the
  10. This is just par for the course with debt collectors. They buy up old debts at a fraction of value and do a mail shot hoping some one will crack and cough up. Of course this really isn't a debt as such, since it has no legitimacy in law; but the procedure's the same. Why waste your time tracking back to the original paperwork, when you can simply........... ignore. They WILL go away when they realise they are wasting their time and money. You will probably get another letter threatening to take you to court; and then one threatening to kidnap your cat and torture it till you pay..
  11. One issue which should have been addressed more thoroughly is that of costs at appeal hearings. At the moment these appear to be very rarely, if ever, awarded, so that successful appellants are left out of pocket even though they did nothing wrong. Councils, on the other hand rarely if ever attend. Clearly this means that Councils have no incentive to allow an informal appeal, even if it is clear they will lose. Some reform to this is plainly required to bring the procedure into line with any other civil procedure whereby a no show party will pay costs. Yes, a frivolous appeal by a motori
  12. You made the mistake of replying to their junk mail. They get a DCA to write you a couple of letters and then the matter quietly dies. Never reply to these idiots.
  13. There is an even better way to deal with those cowboys. Ignore everything you get from them. When will people realise that these private parking companies are not empowered by law in the way that Councils are? The "British Parking Association" which pretends to be a regulator is something they have set up themselves to give their business of issuing fake parking tickets a veneer of officiality; it has absolutely no statutory significance either. Or on second thoughts if EVERYONE takes them to the independent tribunal- which costs them a hefty fee- and you nothing- and THEN ignores the
  14. Hi! do you change your handle more often than I change my socks, lol! Been spending a fair bit of time abroad these days. The forums are a bit of a habit- if you don't visit regularly, then one gets out of the habit. However the mention of UKCPS lured me back......
  15. Is that idiot Peter still in charge there? Presumably he has got fed up with traipsing around the country being told by judges that his claims are invalid, and has now taken to this more convenient form of swindle. UKCPS are amongst the worst in what is generally a bad bunch.
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