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I've just been viewing the Merseyflow website for the second bridge crossing that's just opened. The website can be found here: https://www.merseyflow.co.uk/faqs/penalties

 

To quote them: "A PCN is a legal document, carries a fine of £40, and will be issued to the home address of the registered keeper...

 

...If the PCN remains unpaid beyond this 42-day period then the penalty will be registered as a civil debt and if unpaid after another 36 days, recovery action will begin."

 

I'm just wondering whether the wording here is misleading and/or illegal. As far as I was aware, private companies couldn't issue penalty charges and fines.

 

P.S: Sorry if I've posted in the wrong place.

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They use the word "fine" and pcn in their first sentence: Very poor, very poor indeed!

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Its the same as dart charge. They issue pcn's, penalty charge notices not parking charge notices.

If you dont pay it will end up at Northampton bulk, not your local civil court.

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

 

if everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's tomorrow

the biggest financial industry in the UK, DCA;s would collapse overnight.

 

 

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same applies to all council parking tickets,

they are effectively PENALTY CHARGES for breaches of a contractual obligation to adhere to certain local arrangements that are allowed by law.

The fine is a method of getting you to change your habits rather than recover any loss.

 

That is why the POFA excludes certain places as not being relevant land such as harbours, airports and railway stations.

Each of these have their own byelaws and the dartcharge merseyflow etc allow penalties and they are enforced as a civil matter becasue they are not FINES

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