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    • good grief no!! thats might all be for your WS IFIFIF the claim ever goes that far as already advised a few times.........................   there are 100's of no stopping threads here on CAG   use our enhanced google search on this same page and search for the above words.   put up your take on our 3 -5 line generic non descripto defence you'll see      
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    • was coming back to edit the above but cant   The default notice dated 02 December 2015 (Exhibit 1) states that the Account balance of £2144.88, the Credit Limit is £2000, thus the arrears on the account are £144.88, not the £200 as stated in the letter.   With the arrears being £144.88.   The sum to take the account out of arrears is £144.88 there is no justification for the £200and nothing has been advised in the default notice.   Section 88(c) states that if a breach is not capable of remedy, the sum if any is required to be paid as compensation of the breach, there is no mention of the sum, just the balance outstanding, plus interest and charges due.    The above makes the default notice invalid and thus the claimant is not entitled as per Section 87(1) of the CCA 1974 that the debtor in accordance to with section 87.1 issue a default notice before the creditor or owner can become entitled.   Im getting confused now.
    • Great, well done. Well done also on managing to talk to the court. That seems to be very difficult for most people nowadays
    • Hi Guys, I need to submit my defense for the MCOL due date is 3rd Dec. I don't know if I need to write so much of the attached and whether the details is required afterwards. Please let me know, if the below is ok to submit. Thanks   ************************ I arrived at Liverpool John Lennon airport around 5:30am on 30th July 2019, to park my car in a prebooked car park, called Imagine Parking, located approx 150 metres from the entrance of the airport building. I paid for the parking and flights in May 2019 (receipt attached) for our annual family holiday to Italy. On entering the airport premises I asked my family to look for any signs to the Imagine Parking, as it was dark and the signs were very difficult to read. Unfortunately neither the satnav nor anyone in the car could find the Imagine Parking. After exiting the airport premises following the one way system and then re-entered it again. Again we couldn’t find our car park and I decided to drive in to the pickup/dropoff  car park to collect my thoughts. I double checked the address and postcode and had entered the correct information and read the directions again. So, I paid the £3 exit fee and drove carefully, this time using my son’s mobile phone satnav, but again the satnav said we had reached our destination, so I noticed the entrance to a car park off the roundabout shown in the photo, thinking it must be our car park, however just as I was entering I couldn’t see any signs saying “Imagine Car Park.” I also noticed that if I drove further into this car park, then I would be driving towards barriers to the car park and there was also a raised kerb dividing the entry and exit for the entrance to this car park, so I stopped in order to avoid getting trapped, this was for a few seconds and as I was about to drive away, I noticed a couple of cabin crew walking towards my car and I asked my son to jump out with the Imagine car park document to ask for directions, but they were unable to help, so my son sat back in the car and just I was about to move, I noticed a minibus with “Imagine Parking” written on the side and managed to follow it to their car park about 100 metres away. As can be seen from the timestamp on the photo’s, it was 5:58am and our flight gate was due to close at 7am (flight was 7:30am) and I was feeling anxious. The timestamp also shows I had stopped to avoid going into the wrong car park at 5:57:23 and followed the van at 5:58:07, therefore a total of 44 seconds. I didn’t look towards gaining any advantage by driving towards the wrong car park. Please note the postcode for the Imagine car park and the airport are the same, the driving instructions, which I had read prior to leaving and at the “dropoff/pickup” car park seemed to make sense, but I still couldn’t see the car park. Normally there would be signs to any private car parks. I made an appeal to VCS Ltd and on their online appeal form, there is a drop-down option for mitigating circumstances “to ask for directions,” however, this seems to be bogus and covert practice to get drivers to reveal their own identity only, it is not a legitimate option for mitigating circumstances. I provided VCS with all the above information with car parking receipt (with dates) for Imagine Parking and the boarding pass for the flight. I even explained the above to the first company debt collecting agency. As can be seen from the above, I tried to get VCS Ltd to cancel the PCN with sufficient mitigating circumstances, to no avail. I’m hoping the mitigating circumstances for turning my car away from the wrong car park for 44 seconds are sufficient to dismiss this claim, however if the courts are minded to the claim of a “breach of contract,” then I would like to contest it on the following basis:- I did not enter a contract knowingly and no terms were offered on arrival. I still haven’t seen the “contract” after 2.5 years. It was dark/dusk and the signs are not lit. Even if it was light, how can a driver read a contract written on the side of a road? How would anybody know they’re entering to a contract by driving on a road to an airport? As a matter of law, only the landowners can issue legal proceedings in their own name, VCS Ltd are not the landowners, merely agents with their own tort of law procedures for parking. If any damages did occur for maneuvering a car for 44 seconds, then how is the value of £160 reached? A parking charge notice was issued, however I did not park anywhere on the roads. The roads are governed by the highways byelaws and therefore VCS have no authority for these roads. I have received 13 letters from 4 different debt collecting agencies for a tort of law claim. I request this case be totally dismissed.
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5.3 Off-street car parks

 

The Blue Badge scheme does not apply to off-street car parks whether local authority or privately owned.

Advisory spaces are marked out for the use of disabled people, but they are not enforceable and there is no legal sanction to prevent other people using them. (Just above 5.3)

 

 

If you read both together you can see a great argument, as in this case, off street and Council.

 

 

 

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN01360/SN01360.pdf

 

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Advisory spaces are marked out for the use of disabled people, but they are not enforceable and there is no legal sanction to prevent other people using them.

That is about on street parking, nothing to do with off street car parks.

"The Blue Badge scheme does not apply to off-street car parks whether local authority or privately owned." is true obviously but irrelevant to Sad sam's situation. He didn't get a PCN for breach of the Blue Badge regulations. He got a PCN for breach of the "rules" set by the car park operator for the use of the car park.

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He didn't get a PCN for breach of the Blue Badge regulations. He got a PCN for breach of the "rules" set by the car park operator for the use of the car park.

 

100% right.

 

Parking provision under the Blue Badge scheme is of no relevance to this situation.

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The next reasonable adjustment needs to be made in the appeals process, where a disabled person can show they are entitled to park there due to the nature of their disability, and the council should waive the penalty.

 

It's easier all round if people apply for and correctly use Blue Badges, so that situations like this don't arise. However they aren't obliged to under DDA, and have a legal right to use the obligatory parking provisions.

 

At the end of the day if Councils permitted people to use expired badges there would be nothing to stop friends and relatives using the other one or visa versa.

 

The DDA requires councils to make provisions for disabled persons, the BB scheme fulfills that requirement.

 

The OP has already stated he used the badge in a friends car,

how is anyone including the OP to know if the friend was using the badge or not?

 

The parking was not restricted in anyway so the blue badge was not even required to enable the op to reach the shops,

it was only displayed to avoid paying

 

 

upon realising it was expired he could have simply paid the parking charge and put it down to his own forgetfullness rather than try to avoid paying fraudulently.

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nice to see you around...

 

 

nothing to stop...it goes on every day in most car parks..

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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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At the end of the day if Councils permitted people to use expired badges there would be nothing to stop friends and relatives using the other one or visa versa.

 

True, except it's against the law. Very hard to prevent though.

 

The DDA requires councils to make provisions for disabled persons, the BB scheme fulfills that requirement.

 

It fulfills the requirement up to a point. Say you are disabled and have a BB - the council has to make provision for you. Now your BB expires and as you rarely use a car you don't bother to re-apply. You are still disabled, the council still has the same duty to make allowances, and so you should still be able to use a disabled parking spot. The fact that the council uses BBs as a way to operate is just a practicality - not a legal absolute.

 

The OP has already stated he used the badge in a friends car,

how is anyone including the OP to know if the friend was using the badge or not?

 

They aren't - hence the CEO was right to issue a PCN. Next comes the appeals process.

 

The parking was not restricted in anyway so the blue badge was not even required to enable the op to reach the shops,

it was only displayed to avoid paying upon realising it was expired he could have simply paid the parking charge and put it down to his own forgetfullness rather than try to avoid paying fraudulently.

 

No, as I understand it, the OP needed to use the parking spaces which were well located. It wasn't about whether he had to pay for a ticket, it was about whether he was entitled to use that space to park. That's why the disabled bays are near to doors etc - nothing to do with payment, it's to do with easy access.

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Dear All

 

Thank you for the advice/debate.

As I promised I would update you on the appeal process.

 

As you can see the Adjudicator covered my argument points, as unsympathetically as many on here advised (truth hurts).

This hopefully will assist others in a similar position as to what works & what doesn't.

 

This appeal concerns a PCN issued for being parked in a designated disabled person’s parking place without displaying a valid disabled person’s badge in the prescribed manner.

M******** has raised a number of issues including the position of the disabled bays in this car park and the uneven surface over which disabled motorists have to walk.

 

Whilst he may or may not be correct that these issues show a failure on the part of the Council to make reasonable adjustments for the disabled, in breach of the Equality Act 2010 and other legislation, I find they are not relevant to this appeal.

 

M******** is at liberty to commence proceedings against the Council concerning these issues, if he chooses to do so, but the nub of this appeal is quite simple, namely that the contravention is being parked in a designated disabled person’s parking place without displaying a valid disabled person’s badge in the prescribed manner and this is a question of fact that has nothing to do with the position of individual disabled parking bays or the car park surface.

 

A secondary issue, once the first point has been decided, is whether the signage on site is adequate to warn users of the disabled bays of the terms of use.

 

The Disabled Persons (Badges for Motor Vehicles) (England) Regulations 2000 (SI 2000/682), as amended and the Local Authorities Traffic Orders (Exemptions for Disabled Persons) (England) Regulations 2000 regulate the parking for disabled badge users on-street. In off-street car parks, their place is taken by the individual Councils’ Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs).

 

There is no requirement as to the provision of parking in the Equality Act 2010.

However, public bodies must not, in the exercise of their functions, “do anything that constitutes discrimination, harassment or victimisation” of the disabled.

 

M******** seeks to argue that disabled parking means that all disabled should be able to park in a designated disabled bay, regardless of whether or not they hold, or display, a valid blue badge.

 

However, as the government documentation that he has produced sets out: –

“There is no automatic entitlement to a Blue Badge for those suffering from a mental, cognitive or intellectual disability: autism is one of the conditions most commonly raised in this context. Entitlement will depend on whether the condition causes an individual to be unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty in walking”

so it can be seen that the entitlement to a disabled badge is actually strictly defined and is not generally available to all of the disabled.

 

M******** poses the question as to whether a disabled badge holder can make a mistake and is it reasonable to be fined for a mistake?

The simple answer is that if a disabled driver fails to comply with the terms of the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that regulates the parking in the car park that they are using, then even if that failure has been due to an innocent mistake e.g. displaying a valid disabled badge face down; knocking it on the floor when getting out of the vehicle, then a contravention will have occurred and a penalty will, in principle, be due to the Council.

 

To deal firstly with whether or not a contravention occurred in this case, under the terms of Article 12 of the relevant TRO, if a vehicle is to be left in a designated disabled bay without a contravention occurring, it has to display a valid disabled badge in the relevant position, which is on the fascia or dashboard so that the front of the badges legible from outside of the vehicle.

There is no dispute between the parties that that did not occur on this occasion.

 

M******** argues that the Council has failed to make reasonable adjustment for the disabled in the requirement that a valid disabled badge has to be displayed.

I am afraid I cannot accept this as if there was no requirement to display a valid disabled badge, anyone could park in a disabled bay and then argue that they had a disability, which would drive a coach and horses through the provision of disabled parking.

I am satisfied that the badge on display in the vehicle when it was seen by the CEO had expired on expired 1st October 2016.

I am also satisfied that having expired, the badge was no longer valid and that being so, that the contravention occurred.

 

As to the second issue, namely the adequacy of the signage on site,

the sign at the entrance to the car park shows a wheelchair symbol and then the wording “free parking for up to 3 hours”.

It is not until a motorist gets to the Tariff Board that this wording is expanded so that it sets out that in order to have free parking for a disabled user, a “valid blue badge must be displayed”.

 

It may be implicit within the use of the wheelchair symbol that a disabled badge is expected to be displayed, but the question is whether or not that is sufficient to warn disabled users that they cannot use the bays unless they have a valid disabled badge and display it in the vehicle. I do not believe that it is.

 

It is a simple enough matter to add the words shown on the tariff board to the signage at the entrance to the car park and then there would be no room for misunderstanding.

Having seen the signage as it stands, a disabled driver would be justified in thinking that he/she had no need to do anything else to comply with the requirements for the use of a disabled bay and would certainly have no need to go to the tariff board and see the conditions that that set out.

 

In all of the circumstances, I am not satisfied that the signage on site was sufficiently clear and unambiguous and that being so, I also cannot be satisfied that the contravention occurred.

That being so, this appeal must be allowed and M******** does not have to pay this penalty charge. Appeal allowed.

 

I threw the all and the kitchen sink at this.

I hope there is enough information within this thread to assist others.

 

Good luck

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so you won on the signage issue,

nice one and a bit of a curve ball for the council I bet!!

 

 

well done!!

 

 

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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 had a similar issue where I forgot to display my blue badge. I was distracted whilst unloading my car and forgot to pop it in the windscreen.

 

I made an informal plea to Cornwall Council and had to forward a copy of my blue badge to the council. They cancelled my PCN but warned me not to do it again.

Frederickson - CCA Sent 11/4/07 - Lost - Claiming back from post office

Connaught Collections - CCA Sent 11/4/07 - No Agreement - returned to client

Lowell - CCA sent 11/4/07 - No agreement - returned to client

Moorcroft - CCA Sent 11/4/07 - No Agreement - returned to client

Red Castle - CCA Sent 11/4/07 - Copy returned but no T&C's

Robinson Way - CCA Sent 16/5/07

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Meaning what? BB users are criminals? The council has no business coming down hard on BB users, who are exercising their lawful rights.

Are you condoning criminal activity? The OP displayed a BB that was NOT valid and was aware that it was not valid. The council acted correctly and within the law however it deemed the signage was inadequate. Was the OP actually using a the vehicle or was a mate using it? Either way none of us will know.

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So, you meant to say the council is coming down hard on people who are misusing BBs. Not coming down hard on BB users - you basically implied that disabled people are criminals who should be persecuted.

 

"No wonder councils are coming down hard on BB users!"

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So, you meant to say the council is coming down hard on people who are misusing BBs. Not coming down hard on BB users - you basically implied that disabled people are criminals who should be persecuted.

 

"No wonder councils are coming down hard on BB users!"

 

 

Twist my words to whatever agenda suits you as you know I am correct. The OP was in the wrong and abusing the BB as it was invalid and was issued a ticket correctly however they got off on a technicality regarding the signage.

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The way i see it, The BB allows the disabled person to park in the car park free of charge for up to 3 hours in a disabled parking space

 

Aside from the disabled parking space the BB is in fact the payment for parking in the car park the same as money is for the able bodied people that use it

 

Having not displayed the correct BB having left it at home is the same to me as me not paying my £1 parking fee and when i ended up with a PNC appealing on the basis that i should be let off paying the PNC because I in fact had £1 at home

 

Also using an out of date BB must be the same as me using a fake coin in the machine

 

I very much doubt i would get off either of those

 

 

But hey life isn't fair

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Twist my words to whatever agenda suits you as you know I am correct. The OP was in the wrong and abusing the BB as it was invalid and was issued a ticket correctly however they got off on a technicality regarding the signage.

 

I haven't twisted your words, and I don't have an agenda. You slandered disabled people by suggesting they should be "come down hard" on. If anyone has an agenda, it's you.

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The way i see it, The BB allows the disabled person to park in the car park free of charge for up to 3 hours in a disabled parking space

 

Aside from the disabled parking space the BB is in fact the payment for parking in the car park the same as money is for the able bodied people that use it

 

Having not displayed the correct BB having left it at home is the same to me as me not paying my £1 parking fee and when i ended up with a PNC appealing on the basis that i should be let off paying the PNC because I in fact had £1 at home

 

Also using an out of date BB must be the same as me using a fake coin in the machine

 

I very much doubt i would get off either of those

 

 

But hey life isn't fair

 

A blue badge is nothing to do with money or payments. It's not a free parking scheme - it's about physical access to shops and services. And it's a PCN you're talking about, not a PNC.

 

A much better analogy would be that you had a valid pay and display ticket, but failed to put it on the dashboard.

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