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Just found this site - and like so many others have received a Parking Charge Notice from a private company due to me being parked for half a day in the car park of a local (well known) DIY store. There is photographic evidence showing me entering and leaving so I don't dispute the fact that I was there. I'm struggling on 2 counts:


1) There were no signs displayed that showed the parking conditions/charges displayed at the time (I know as I always check carefully) - today the car park is plastered with signs and the store manager insists they were put up about a month before the offence. It is clearly a new arrangement.


2) Is a charge of £95 (£75 for quick payment) unenforceable due to it being punitive rather than a reasonable charge?


Without corroborating evidence to support (1) my defence is weak although I have spoken to the DIY head office and told them I'll be writing in and taking my long-standing trade elsewhwere.


I'm resigned to losing this knowing full well the signs were not in place and that this is a very recently introduced arrangement. Any advice

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What are you worrying about? It's an unenforceable charge. It's a mail [problem] - send out letters and a certain percentage of people are ignorant enough to pay.


Your defence is not weak - I could paste an essay about how you don't owe a penny. Charge is indeed punative, otherwise they could just write 'if you park here you agree to pay £10,000', take everyone to court and retire to the Bahamas.


• do not pay

• do not contact the parking co

ignore their threatening junkmail

• they will give up and go away

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