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    • You have a minimum of 10 minutes' grace period to find a parking space, read the signs, walk to the stores, later walk back, etc.  There is no maximum.  I think in COVID times when you had to wash your hands thoroughly after consuming food and there was a queue to do so 😉 13 minutes is not excessive and the fleecers' claim can be easily batted off.
    • I offered to read the meter for them based on prepayment of £2400 but they didn't respond.   I also offered to wave the fee for doing so if they send me reasonably estimated bills.
    • Agree completely.  What is disturbing is that VCS actually went for an appeal, the motorists were too lazy to turn up so Simon now has an appeal level verdict in his favour.
    • There were a number of matters that concern me in Judge Saffman's verdict. The first is  that you cannot form a contract with a forbidding  rule. This was not the case in PE v Beavis as it was within the bounds of a carpark where motorists were allowed to park their cars.  Also if a motorist who does stop when apparently they shouldn't is therefore a trespasser and as such VCS cannot sue for trespass only the landowner can do that. Secondly and the Judges in the Beavis case alluded to the fact that while the amount charged -£85- was not a penalty, that had he offence been one of secondary importance then the charge would have been a penalty.To pull off the road for 30 seconds would in most people's view be of secondary importance and therefore a penalty. It is interesting to note that the new Appeals charter for motorists will include mitigating reasons and a tiered system to differentiate between major and minor offences.  On top of that what does a driver do if a pedestrian walks out on to the road. At the moment it looks as if the driver has to run them over since to stop would bring on a fine. That would be ridiculous. And what about a tyre burst or a collision between two vehicles? The Law for the latter  is that you have to stop and exchange details. And there are several other reasons why a motorist may have to stop and none of them would be mitigating. And for every case where a "no stopping" rule has been upheld by a Judge, there have been about  five where the decision has gone the other way.   The Judge paid too much attention to the Beavis case and took its arguments into consideration to justify his reasons when the Beavis case had little similarity to the no stopping case which was confirmed by the District Judge who staed that the two cases "were substantially different on the facts".  
    • Ok I sent off my letter to Gladstone and MB, now the waiting game. I showed MSE and National Consumer Service my letter before claim response and the majority people were not impressed with my letter.   But after reading this quote on CAG, it feels like the next best approach regardless: ''No, it is not a joke reply. The more you show these con artists respect the more they will try to fleece you. Don't fill in their Section D. Treat them with contempt. They're not the police or the council, they have no right to this money and they know it.''   I still feel I've made the right decision but I feel doubtful at times with the wide amount of different opinions people have approaching this situation on the MSE and National Consumer Service forums.   (When I put in p.e.p.i.p.o.o it auto corrects to National Consumer Service)  
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    • Dazza a few months ago I discovered a good friend of mine who had ten debts with cards and catalogues which he was slavishly paying off at detriment to his own family quality of life, and I mean hardship, not just absence of second holidays or flat screen TV's.
       
      I wrote to all his creditors asking for supporting documents and not one could provide any material that would allow them to enforce the debt.
       
      As a result he stopped paying and they have been unable to do anything, one even admitted it was unenforceable.
       
      If circumstances have got to the point where you are finding it unmanageable you must ask yourself why you feel the need to pay.  I guarantee you that these companies have built bad debt into their business model and no one over there is losing any sleep over your debt to them!  They will see you as a victim and cash cow and they will be reluctant to discuss final offers, only ways to keep you paying with threats of court action or seizing your assets if you have any.
       
      They are not your friends and you owe them no loyalty or moral duty, that must remain only for yourself and your family.
       
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      They will of course pursue you for the funds and pass your file around various departments of their business and out to third parties.
       
      Your response is that you should treat it as a hobby.  I have numerous files of correspondence each faithfully organised showing the various letters from different DCA;s , solicitors etc with a mix of threats, inducements and offers.   It is like my stamp collection and I show it to anyone who is interested!
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In October my partner requested under the flexbile working act to work from work till 2pm and then 2pm till 5.30 from home via Laptop, this is due to being a carer for a disabled son and needing to be around for the school run which our disabled son gets distressed about and needs to be carried everywhere and is over 15kg, we have 3 children one in a pushchair. Anyway this was denied even though they knew all the reasons but never put in writing despite chasing Directors, Managers and HR. The reasons they gave where the team was too small, he had to be based at work and that they were concerned other members of the team would ask other people rather than contact him at home. He has decided that there is no other option but to leave and has been offered another job who will allow flexible working so he has handed his notice in and given them a week I know that he should be giving more than this but they said they fully understood his reasons for leaving and had a feeling that he would. Since him handing in his notice they have asked if there is anything they can do to keep him there, and offered paying for taxis everywhere for me and the children, however this doesnt help as its when he is out of the car its the issue plus isnt practical getting the car seats out the taxis 6 times a day with 3 car seats in tow, so he kindly turned that offer down, they then offered him part time working 4 hours a day but this still wont fit due to the appointments with OT that our son has so would actually put him on a 15 hour week they also only wanted this on a temp basis and that if it didnt fit the company he would have to go back to his normal hours, again this is worrying as they could change their mind any time. Also surely before he handed his notice in this wasnt an option according to the company so why have they changed their mind. He has turned this down, now they are asking for another week from him notice but he cant do this. Any advice, should he be saying constructive dismissal??

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Dont think that you can say its constructive dismissal, it seems that they are trying to help but the needs of the business do come into it, shame that he has to leave but he has got another job so go on good terms. The flexible working is only a request not a right it is up to the company if they can accomodate it within the needs of the company.

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Yep fully understand that but how comes before he was due to leave it was a no to being able to be part time or flexible but now he is leaving they have offered him that, either there is a business need there or there isnt doesnt make much sense, but yeah agree its now their loss as he has got another job which fits perfectly with the hours he needs. :-)

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I cant say why I can only say that some things concentrate the mind and the company may have realised too late what they are losing.however keep it friendly because you never know what will happen in the future. Good luck with his new job

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