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Hello.

Recently I parked in a private car park attached to a parade of shops/restaurants in Wigmore, Luton, operated by Private Eye.

It had signs saying about 2 hours maximum stay. Stupidly, I thought this was to deter people from parking there as there are offices close by, or to deter people from shopping for too long (big Asda over the road).

 

I had a reservation at a restaurant on site. I parked for 2 hours 14 minutes.

 

When I appealed I attached all my restaurant orders.

I was with my little girl and a friend.

We actually finished up at 2 hours, but by the time I had taken her to the toilet and got her in the car and then drove out it was 14 minutes over.

 

I thought with this evidence, the fact that I was at the restaurant, would mean I was ok.

Who knew restaurants had time limits????

This was at lunchtime also.

 

I just don't know what to do next.

I feel it is really unfair.

I was supporting a local business.

It was 14 minutes.

 

If I pay within 14 days it is £60, if not £100.

But they have completely shut me down.

 

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please complete the relevant  section of post 1 here

 

 

first thing to remember it is nothing to do with the restaurant.

they didn't nor do employ PE to issue speculative invoices and don't owe the land anyway.

 

shame you appealed as you've now removed your protection under POFA and shot yourself in the foot as they now know you were the driver.

 

there is a grace period of 10min, there is no maximum 

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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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Firstly, don't feel you're stumped because PE refused your appeal.  That was always going to happen.  PE and similar companies never, ever accept appeals - ever.

 

In your appeal did you admit to being the driver?

 

It would be useful if you give us the exact address of the car park.

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I can't remember if I said I was the driver or not.

Probably not in the exact words, but by saying I was at the restaurant, as that was my appeal I guess I did.

 

 

1 Date of the infringement 08/09/20

 

2 Date on the NTK [this must have been received within 14 days from the 'offence' date] 11/09/20
 

[scan up BOTHSIDES as ONE PDF- follow the upload guide]

 

3 Date received 12/09/20
 

4 Does the NTK mention schedule 4 of The Protections of Freedoms Act 2012? [Y/N?] Yes
 

5 Is there any photographic evidence of the event? Yes. A photo of my car leaving the car park, and a close up of my reg plate, stamped with date and time
 

6 Have you appealed? [Y/N?] post up your appeal] Yes. I can't access my appeal, but said I was in the restaurant, along with copies of my online orders (due to Covid protocol), and said with a small child can take 10 minutes to get them in the car, walk to car etc.
 

Have you had a response? [Y/N?] post it up Thank you for your correspondence in relation to the Parking Charge incurred on 08 September 2020 at 14:47, at Wigmore Park District Centre, Luton car park.

 

We are writing to advise you that your recent appeal has been unsuccessful and that you have now reached the end of our internal appeals procedure.

 

This site is a maximum stay car park, as per the terms and conditions as detailed on the signage.

Your appeal has been rejected on the basis that the maximum time allowed was exceeded.

 

Please be advised:  There is an independent appeals service (POPLA) which is available to motorists who have had an appeal rejected by a British Parking Association Approved Operator.

 

Contact information and further information can be found enclosed. See also www.popla.co.uk

 

 As a gesture of goodwill, we have extended the discount period for a further 14 days from the date of this correspondence.

 

If you appeal to POPLA and your appeal is unsuccessful you will not be able to pay the discounted amount in settlement of the Parking Charge, you will be liable to pay the full amount.

 

If you have already paid the reduced amount, the Parking Charge will be increased to the full amount and you will be liable to pay this increase.

 

 By law we are also required to inform you that Ombudsman Services (www.ombudsman-services.org/) provides an alternative dispute resolution service that would be competent to deal with your appeal.

 

However, we have not chosen to participate in their alternative dispute resolution service.

As such should you wish to appeal then you must do so to POPLA, as explained above.

 

A payment can be made by telephoning our offices on 0330 555 4444 or by visiting www.parkingeye.co.uk or by posting a cheque or postal order to ParkingEye Ltd, PO Box 117, Blyth, NE24 9EJ. Yours faithfully, ParkingEye Team

 

7 Who is the parking company? Parking Eye

 

8. Where exactly [carpark name and town] Wigmore Shopping Centre, Wigmore Park Centre, Luton LU2 9TA

 

For either option, does it say which appeals body they operate under. POPLA
 

 

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If you've never been in this position before, it's understandable to think that appealing is a good idea.  You were a genuine customer, you were there with a small child, etc.

 

However, as you can imagine we see a load of cases every week, and the PPCs never accept appeals (from the standard reply I bet they never even read yours).  Even worse, the motorist generally writes something like "I parked in ..." and outs themselves as the driver, whereas previously the PPC only knew who the keeper of the car was, not who was driving.

 

But none of this is fatal!

 

As dx says, there is a minimum ten minutes' grace period.  So the fleecers are after you for overstaying FOUR MINUTES.  An extra four minutes is completely understandable when you have a small child and the necessity of taking personal hygiene very seriously in the times of COVID

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Thank you. Have never had a parking fine. Really annoys me as would prefer to pay for parking after the event rather than risk any fine. 

 

I appreciate your response. What should I do now?

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See what others suggest too, but I would think that now you should do nothing - regarding PE at least.

 

Over the next few months they will send you various letters that are meant to be threatening, and probably get debt collectors to do the same, no doubt pretending the amount has increased to try to frighten you and then maybe offering a discount to attempt to con you.  All hot air from paper tigers that can be safely ignored.

 

However, if they ever send you a formal Letter Before Action it'll be time to reply and give them both barrels.

 

If Wigmore is near to you it would be useful if you could go and get photos of the signage.  Also get on to the council to see if they have planning permission for their signs.  Actions like this begin to build up a case to undermine PE's rubbish.

 

Oh, and it's not a fine, it's just an invoice from a private company, big difference. 

 

 

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let them play

you get lots of scary letters from various people trying to fleece you into paying, including adding unicorn food tax because you haven't

just read the red bits below for how to deal with those powerless muppets.

 

if you ever get a letter of claim.

comeback here.

 

in the meantime the more threads you read in this forum the better.

 

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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Thank you. How can I see if they have planning permission for their signs? It is £60 to pay now, rising to £100. I REALLY don't want to pay £100. I am part furloughed so money is tight.

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who said you'll by ever paying anything.....

 

your local council webportal should have a planning section.

 

signs, ANPR cameras, and the  poles they are on.

 

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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Thank you. 

My husband thinks I should just pay. I think we have had enough stress this year (various not just Covid), and I think threatening letters, or anything saying about court might tip him over the edge.

I am on the nervous side of leaving it, but just feels very unfair.

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Hi.

 

Have you read other threads here about Parking Lie as we call them? Loads of people have been threatened and a few have even gone to court but almost no one has paid. Have a look at our Successes thread for people who have beaten them.

 

The threatening letters are just hamster bedding. Would you pay me £100 if I wrote to you? That's about how much power PE have.

 

 

HB

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Illegitimi non carborundum

 

 

 

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If they threaten baliffs as an example, do they send them round? If they threaten court, how likely is it to happen? Appreciate could also ask how long is a piece of string, but the thought of going to court or dealing with that is a bit overwhelming.

 

Will take a look at that thread.

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BAILIFFS can never be involved in anything until you've lost a court case.

 

Stop watching mostly fake tv programmes that have ZERO bearing on a speculative invoice which is not a fine

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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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Yes, you can pay £60 that you don't owe to a bunch of conmen and have an easy life.

 

Or you can fight them and yes, you will have to put a certain amount of work in.

 

As a campaigning consumer site we would prefer you did the latter!  But it's up to you.

 

The only effort with the future letters is the opening of them.  They're just standard nonsense of which PE send out hundreds every week, hoping to scare the naive.

 

There are 263 successes on the thread HB posted.  That is a vast underestimate as in all 263 cases there was a specific moment to point to when the PPC was beaten.  In many other cases the PPC just gave up but the thread wasn't included.

 

Reasons why PE's claim is rubbish

   - they don't own this land, if you had really done something you shouldn't have with your car it's the landowner who should pursue you, unless they have a contract with PE allowing to issue court claims which they nearly always haven't

   - PE hardly ever bother with planning permission, making their signs illegal

   - the signs are pants, when you pull in there's nothing stated about having to pay £60 for overstaying and they state "only for shopping on site" (so you can't go to the barber's or have a meal then?!!)

   - it's very unlikely that the original planning permission for the car park stated a limit of two hours, personally I'm allergic to shopping but even I could spend two hours there given the range of shops, the eateries, the barber's, the bookies, the pub, etc.

   - if a grace period of 10 minutes is OK in normal times for an adult, 14 minutes is quite reasonable when you have a small child and the three of you had to deep wash your hands before you left (with that queue for the bathroom too ;-)).

 

 

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I am up that way tomorrow, so will take photos of the signs and post them here. Struggled to see if they had planning permission. Did loads of searches, but the council website, is not easy to find things.

 

Thank you so much

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Actually, most parking companies tend not to bother with getting planning permission.

One reason is that once they have found a company stupid enough to agree to their plan to prevent a few motorists from parking when they shouldn't, they want to get started straight away.

 

Councils often take several weeks before they come to a decision and if they don't agree to the proposals it may take several more weeks before the Council finally agree and when they do agree, it is usually stipulated that motorists can stay park there for. four hours.

 

So being held up for possibly weeks and then not being able to cut the time allowed to park down to 90 minutes makes it difficult for them to earn the kind of rip off figures they like to achieve. So much easier to avoid asking the Council in the first place.

 

Of course this does mean that they are in breach of their Code of Practice which they need to be able to gain access to your DVLA data and also they have breached your GDPR by getting your data from the DVLA.

But why should they worry when the majority of people pay up anyway.

 

You are dealing with out and out crooks who knowingly break the Law time and time again and people out of fear or a desire for a quiet life pay up despite the fact that no money is owed. The lack of planning permission means that their signs should not be there and without the planning permission no contract can be formed between the motorists and the crooks.

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So I went and took a photo of the sign today, so my arguments so far are;

 

Getting penalised for 4 minutes over when using the restaurant.

 

The sign talks about shopping. I wasn't shopping.

 

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who knows that and it makes no odds anyway.

 

hope you got clear photos of the others and the small print.

 

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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20 hours ago, JKA_needshelp said:

Struggled to see if they had planning permission. Did loads of searches, but the council website, is not easy to find things.

 

You could e-mail or phone the appropriate council office.  Ask them

   - if PE have PP for the signs, poles & cameras, and

   - if they can show you the original PP for the Wigmore Shopping Centre.  Bet it didn't have a limit of two hours!

 

I've converted your photo to PDF so only registered Caggers can see it, best to keep the fleecers guessing.

We could do with some help from you.

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from about post 18.

 

 

 

 

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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Good grief dx, is there no end to your encyclopedic knowledge  :yo:

 

Brilliant, so no planning permission then.

 

I see in this case PE threatened court and then ran away.

We could do with some help from you.

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That was 2019, and they only had PP up until 2018, so since then they could have of course had PP.

 

Do we know what happened with that person after they were threatened with court?

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