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  1. Hello I could use some help - On 1 January 2018 I visited Margate and paid and parked in the town. Having finished the visit it was becoming dark and I was driving back towards Ramsgate when the satellite navigation system on my phone jammed. I pulled off the road into an empty car park (the Lido) which looked closed and run down, to attend safely to the satellite system on the mobile phone. when I had gotten the navigation system working again I tried to find my way back onto the main road again. There are a number of posts missing from the side of the car park which lead onto a road which I mistook for the exit. At a certain point I realised this was not an exit but in fact Newgate Promenade so I then turned the car around and drove back towards the road by the way that I had entered. When I received the pcn from Parking Eye they included 2 dark pictures with only headlight and number plate visible - entering (16.47) and leaving (16.57) the time difference being 10 minutes. I had no idea they were taking pictures on the site I suspect there are no signs stating this fact. Since then I appealed to parking eye and then POPLA I include a pdf of the appeal to POPLA, I didn't get any advice on legal arguments and they both turned it down. They also refused the pictures of missing posts that I copied from google street view saying they were from 2015 while offering no possibility to provide recent pictures but simply discarding that claim (I include as attachment the POPLA verdict). Now I have received a claim form dated 23 July 2018 from the County Court Business Centre for £175. I would usually pay a parking fine to avoid the hassle but as I find this so unfair I continue to wish to contest it. I have only a few days left to send in my defence the court has given me an email address, I have untill 4pm this Tuesday (28 Aug 2018). I believe the defence needs to cover any points I wish to make so I need to sort them out very quickly. I have been reading about the very similar case of 'yourturntopay' [Parking Eye claimform - ANPR PCN Lido car park, Cliftonville, Kent BB on Display] which sounds very similar only I was in the other half of the car park which has a bigger sign by the entrance but otherwise looks the same. I wonder if it would be possible to use the same arguments? My arguments in the POPLA appeal (in the pdf attachment Parking Ticket Margate 1-1-18 redacted) were that I never intended to park I pulled over for road safety concerns to fix the sat-nav. Because the posts in the car park were missing I mistook the exit route and thus prolonging the stay this being due to the bad state of repair of car park. It was only 10 minutes in total so petty to try to charge I didn't mention the fact that it was badly lit, and I believe the notice board by the entrance is not lit but I didnt know if this would be an acceptable argument at the time and didnt mention it. Also I am unaware what courtesy period Parking eye allow as to give a ticket after only 10 minutes seems extreme. Unfortunately I live in London so taking pictures of the car park and checking the condition is pretty difficult and would mean a 5 hour trip. -Any advice/suggestions on how best to proceed would be much appreciated - I have to send in my defence (the court has given me an email address) by 4pm this Tuesday (28 Aug 2018) so only 3 days left. I thought a courtesy period of 10 minutes was law but I’m not sure where I saw that now?, does anybody know if parking eye allow a courtesy period in their car parks as one would imagine 10 minutes to be reasonable? Parking Eye POPLA Verdict.pdf POPLA appeal 1-1-18 redacted.pdf
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