I have received a county court business claim form, issued 2 Nov 2018
Claimant Euro parking services
The particulars are
The driver of the vehicle registration (the 'Vehicle ') incurred the parking charge(s) on
06/01/2018 for breaching the terms of parking on the land at Maghull Centre The Defendant was driving the Vehicle and/or is the Keeper of the Vehicle
AND THE CLAIMANT CLAIMS
£160 for Parking Charges/Damages and indemnity costs if applicable, together with interest of £9.37 pursuant to s69 of the County Courts Act 1984 at 8% pa continuing to Judgment at £0.04 per day.
I am no longer the Keeper of the Vehicle they refer to having transferred it to Liverpool on 31 October 2018 in part exchange
This claim form has arrived 10 months after the date of the initial parking charge. I am shocked, as this county court claim form is the first time I have been made aware of a penalty charge on 6 Jan 2018. I have not had a ticket or anything attached to the vehicle on that date or any other date. After numerous difficult phone calls and enquiries I had to inform Euro parking of the vehicle details and registration. Something which I think should have been included in the particulars of claim. ( i contacted the county court and they said they would have expected vehicle detail to be more identifying).
After providing details and registration i was given the following from Euro parking:-
On 6 Jan 2018 an attendant took a photo of the vehicle parked outside the parameters of a parking space .
When he returned later the vehicle had gone, there was no mention of what time he returned
Since that date I was informed that a notice was sent to me 10 Jan 2018
Then again 7 Feb 2018
Then again in March
And since then something was sent in May
I have never received any of this correspondence. The first I have known of any event on 6 Jan is the arrival of a County Court Claim
I am very upset that I feel so threatened by a claim of £ 244.37 so long after the supposed event. The proof has never been made available to me until I contacted Euro Parking Services and had to provide them with the vehicle details and registration.
I feel this is dubious and questionable.
The amount is £ 169.37
Court fee. 25.
Legal rep costs. 50.
Total £ 244.37
I would appreciate any advice. I have a preliminary defence ready to be adjusted before submitting the claim form. I think I have to do this before 20 November
Thanks for your attention