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3D Parking – Should I Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

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Wondering if you should pay or appeal a 3D Parking fine? You’re probably not the only person to ask. More Parking fines on private land are issued than ever before, and people wonder if they have to be paid.

I look at who 3D Parking is and how they manage private car parks. Then, I explain when and how you could appeal a fine and when it could be better to pay it. Read on to determine whether it’s worth paying or appealing a 3D Parking fine.

Do You Have to Pay?

In many circumstances, parking tickets are not enforceable.

It’s a bit sneaky, but last time I had a parking fine, I paid £5 for a trial to chat with an online solicitor.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor fees, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

You can try it out now, just remember to cancel the trial once you’ve got your answer.

Who is 3D PARKING?

3D Parking manages car parks for private landowners. They’re authorised to issue parking fines to motorists who don’t abide by their Terms & Conditions. The operator uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to identify minor parking infringements.

The operator is a British Parking Association member and should follow their Code of Practice when issuing parking fines.

Why would I get a 3D Parking ticket?

3D Parking is authorised by landowners to issue fines to motorists who commit minor parking infringements. Their rules are placed on signs typically found at a car park’s entrance.

When you don’t adhere to the T&Cs of using a car park, 3D Parking will issue a parking charge notice. It could be left on your windscreen. Or you could receive it in the post.

The most common reasons why you’d be given a fine on private land include:

  • You failed to park correctly in a bayYour left your vehicle in a bay designated for use by a disabled person or family with young children
  • You failed to pay to use the car park
  • You overstayed the time you could park for free
  • You got back to your vehicle after the fee you paid ran out

When 3D Parking issue a fine correctly according to the Code of Practice, you’d have trouble challenging the ticket successfully.

What is the law on private parking fines? SNIPPET

Private parking fines are invoices and, therefore, not legally enforceable unless a court rules you have to pay. However, you can challenge the fine with evidence and a valid reason.

Is a 3D parking fine the same as a penalty charge notice?

No. As mentioned, a parking fine on private land is an invoice and falls under Contractual Law. Therefore, it’s a civil matter. Therefore, 3D Parking has to take you to court to enforce the fine.

However, a penalty charge notice issued by the police or a local council is covered by the Road Traffic Act 1988.

You should not confuse the two, although they do look very similar. They are, in fact, very different and should be treated as such.

What happens if you ignore a 3D Parking ticket?

Things quickly escalate when you ignore a parking charge notice. If the operator doesn’t hear back from you within 28 days of you receiving the fine, they will:

  • Send you payment reminders. Each reminder is harsher than a previous one
  • Give your details to a debt collection agency
  • Send you a Letter Before Action notification stating the operator will start legal proceedings
  • Start legal proceedings to recover the debt

When you ignore things after this, you’ll be given a County Court Judgement (CCJ), which remains on your credit history for 6 years.

This will impact any chances to borrow money, get a credit card or mortgage!

Should I pay a 3D Parking ticket immediately?

No. First, check that 3D Parking issued the fine to you, not someone else. I recommend you do the following rather than pay the fine immediately:

  • Are the details on the parking fine right?
  • Were you given a 10-minute grace period before the ticket was issued?
  • Did you get the fine within 14 days of committing the alleged parking violation?

My advice? When you know the fine is correct, paying it within 14 days means you pay a lesser amount.

Plus, the amount 3D Parking can charge you when you commit a parking violation on private land is capped. The maximum a private operator can charge is:

  • £80 in London
  • £50 outside London (England and Wales)

When you pay, you must provide the following information:

  • Car registration details
  • Parking fine reference number

How do I appeal a 3D Parking ticket?

All appeals against private parking fines must be filed within 28 days of receiving them. Plus, you must provide a strong reason for not paying the fine.

What happens when my 3D Parking appeal is rejected? H3

The operator must provide information on how to take the matter to an independent appeals service (IAS). You can then file a second appeal with the IAS, which prevents 3D from doing anything until a decision is reached.

What would happen if I wasn’t the driver when the 3D Parking fine was issued?

The operator will ask you for the name and address of the driver. If you don’t provide the details and you’re the registered keeper, the fine is down to you.

In short, you’ll be liable!

Could 3D Parking take me to court for an unpaid fine?

Yes. They will take you to court if the parking fine is issued correctly. But not before you’re sent payment reminders.

If the parking ticket is right, I suggest paying it within 2 weeks. It means you benefit from paying 40% less. However, if you feel the fine is unjust, you have the right to contest it. But you must appeal the fine within 28 days of getting it.

Do You Have to Pay?

In many circumstances parking tickets are not enforceable.

It’s a bit sneaky, but last time I had a parking fine, I paid £5 for a trial to chat to an online solicitor.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor fees, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

You can try it out now, just remember to cancel the trial once you’ve got your answer.

GET STARTED

Lastly, 3D Parking tickets. Should you pay or appeal?

Don’t automatically pay a parking fine on private land before checking it’s valid. But if you know the fine is correct, pay it sooner rather than later to pay the lesser amount.

Don’t ignore a parking charge notice. The problem won’t vanish. Instead, you get a CCJ.

Thanks for taking the time to read my article on whether you should pay or appeal a 3D Parking ticket. I hope the information in the post helps when it comes to challenging or paying the fine.

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