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My girlfriend recently moved to a new flat. The block of flats has a car park where each flat is assigned a specific, numbered car parking space. The flat she moved in to is a 2bed and her flat mate was using the assigned car parking space for their flat. Therefore, my girlfriend needed to apply for a parking permit to park on the road out the front (this application to the council, rather than to the private car park). 


Having moved from the same area, she had an existing permit for the area and needed to change the address of that permit, to this new location. However, the council website was down and would not allow her to update her address for her permit. She tried ringing the council but could not get through; basically at the time she was unable to change the address of her permit. As a result, she parked in the residence car park in a neighbours space that she knew was not in use while she awaited updating her permit. 


She later received a PCN of £60 (which if not payed within 14 days is upped to £100) for parking in this neighbours space. The company it was received from is "pcm". 


Is there anything she can do to get out of this charge?


Having just moved, and knowing the space was not in use from the neighbour, it's an unfair charge since there was nothing else she could have done. 


Please let me know if you need any more information. 






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Have you received a Parking Ticket? - Private Land Parking Enforcement - Consumer Action Group


please complete the above then we'll be best placed to advise further

but the bottom line is no

and don't ever appeal.



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

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