hi,i hope I am in the right area as I am new here .
I received a PCN from New Generation Parking in June this year.
I appealed to them on the grounds that I only overstayed IN a FREE car park due to my disability
and the amount of pain I was in that day, due to having drive around and around looking for somewhere to park.
I suffer with severe sciatica and have great difficulty walking.(I am registered disabled with a blue badge)
On the said day the journey and parking had been a nightmare I eventually saw a space and parked in it.
I didn't notice the little sign on the wall 2 shops down .
the car park is a free car park with so I have found out a max 30 min stay.
By the time I had hobbled to the dentist which was a struggle for me,
laid on my side in the car to relieve the sciatica before and after my appointment.I had overstayed.
I received the notice within a few days.
As I said I appealed to them but unsurprisingly it was turned down.
My next move wasnt to clever, I went on the appeal to POPLA without doing any research first!
I used mitigating circumstances. doh! I only found out later that they don't accept that.
Ok so obviously I don't want to pay the fine which is now £100! and my beef is had I been able bodied,
the trip to the dentist I made would have been done and dusted in under half an hour.
Due to my disability I took longer partly due to how far away I had to park on that day,
but more so to do with the time spent lying on my side in the car trying to relieve the burning sciatica.
I have read somewhere that I can write to the land owners quoting the Equality Act about extended time limits??
Firstly is this correct?
can I do that?
secondly, how do I go about finding out who actually OWNS the land? (and therefore who to write to)
Lastly, what do I write?
Does anyone have any templates?
or drafts I could adapt to my circumstances?
or could anyone help me out and tell me what I need to quote exactly, and how to word it please?.
My overstay was 15 minutes I think.
When I received the notice I sat and worked out how long I had spent getting to the appointment,
walking and lying on my side etc and it worked out about right.
I'm gutted I went ahead and appealed to POPLA without researching it first,
if I had I wouldn't be asking this question now.
I only received the appeal decision last week via email, it took them over 2 months to tell me to get lost and to pay the PCN.
I find it so hard to work out how these companies are allowed to issue these and receive funds from them,
when essentially they have no right.
I signed no contract, didn't even buy a ticket coz it was free! so how have I incurred them losses exactly?
Grrr really got my goat this has.
To think I could end up in court over a non enforceable bill...
In the interim if I receive a threatening letter from New Generation am I just to ignore it?
What are these sharks like re going to court?
How long does the receiving the summons process take?
I apologise for the fifty thousand questions!!!!!!
If it is relevant I received this ticket in Wales and I was seen by a camera mounted on a shop front over the road.
Thankyou in advance as I'm sure someone will be able to steer me in the right direction