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Posted the entire article in case the newspaper takes it down after a few days:

 

 

 

Parking fine victory for Borehamwood motorist

 

5:36pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

 

A Borehamwood motorist is celebrating after having his parking fines overturned in court.

 

 

Dominic Martin beat Parking Eye in St Albans County Court this month regarding two parking fines from Borehamwood Shopping Park.

 

The parking enforcement company claimed Mr Martin had exceeded the time limit in the car park on Theobald Street on two occasions, in December 2012 and January 2013.

 

Mr Martin initially ignored the fines but in July 2013, Parking Eye began court proceedings against him for ‘parking without authority on private land’.

 

On closer examination of the fines, he decided to take on the case as he believed the ‘overstay’ had not occurred.

Parking Eye offered to settle the case out of court for £115, which they later dropped to £100, but this was declined.

After reviewing the evidence presented in court, judge DJ Cross pointed out that the claim appeared to be on the basis of trespass rather than for breach of contract.

 

He also added that their witness statements from the director and facilities manager of Jones Lang LaSalle were “sloppy, and a disgrace” and ruled that Parking Eye had no authority to issue parking charges in Borehamwood.

 

Parking Eye refused to let the judge see the contract with the landowner, JLL, with their solicitor implying that no written contract existed.

 

 

They also failed to provide documentary evidence when requested by the court.

Mr Martin was awarded £108.50 costs, including £5 for parking in a “proper” car park.

 

 

Speaking to The Borehamwood Times, Mr Martin said: “Obviously there needs to be parking control at this site, but this current situation is not about parking control but about profit.

Parking Eye has acted like a bully at every turn, ignoring the court process and using intimidation tactics throughout to try and stop me from winning this case. Unfortunately for them, some people will stand up to bullies.”

 

 

The case has been well documented on the parking prankster blog, Money Saving Expert and on peipo forums.

Dom Martin now plans to set up a support network for anyone who is awarded a fine from Parking Eye in Borehamwood.

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why does everyone keep using the word FINE!!

 

they are NOT!!! fines

 

dx

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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I think that it should be seen as a fine and people should understand the outrage of a private company attempting to impose extra-judicial remedies upon decent individuals - who may occasionally make some mistake.

The supermarkets should also understand that it is destructive of their own brand management efforts to declare war on their own customers.

Their own customers would much rather spend their money in those supermarkets than pour it into Parking Eye or any others of that unpleasant industry.

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I think that it should be seen as a fine and people should understand the outrage of a private company attempting to impose extra-judicial remedies upon decent individuals - who may occasionally make some mistake.

The supermarkets should also understand that it is destructive of their own brand management efforts to declare war on their own customers.

Their own customers would much rather spend their money in those supermarkets than pour it into Parking Eye or any others of that unpleasant industry.

 

This is a great point. I avoid going to some of the shops near me as their car parks are policed aggressively by PE, I would sooner drive to the next town along on a weekend.

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