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Aldi Parking Fine – Should I Pay or Appeal? 2022

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Have you received an Aldi parking fine, most likely from a company called Parking Eye?

You’re probably flabbergasted at receiving this fine, especially if you shopped at Aldi when parked. Although Aldi car parks are free, there are some little-known rules which could make your weekly groceries a lot more expensive. 

So, do you really have to pay an Aldi parking fine? Find out here! 

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.

How does an Aldi car park work?

Aldi offers free parking to motorists who shop at an Aldi store. Some store car parks have height restrictions and there may be other conditions to using the car park, such as registering your vehicle address within a store computer or parking time limits. 

Aldi car parks are managed by an external company called Parking Eye. They outsource the maintenance and legal operation of their car parks to this car park management business. Parking Eye may have installed specialist CCTV cameras in Aldi car parks to prevent drivers from using the car park when they shouldn’t be. 

Is there a time limit in Aldi car park?

Yes, there are limits restricting the length of time you can park in an Aldi car park even when you’re using the car park to shop at the store. The exact time limit may differ between locations due to how busy each store can become, but in general, the Aldi car park time limit is 90 minutes. 

This will be enough time for most people to do their weekly grocery shop, but not everyone, especially those with children or people looking after someone with a disability. 

Can you park in Aldi overnight?

No, you shouldn’t use an Aldi car park overnight. This would breach multiple conditions of using the car park, including the need to be using the Aldi store and you’ll exceed the time limit of 1.5 hours. Moreover, it generally wouldn’t be considered safe to leave your car in an Aldi car park overnight.

If you left your car in an Aldi car park overnight, you’d likely receive an Aldi parking fine in the post.

What is an Aldi parking fine?

An Aldi parking fine is a fine for breaking the terms and conditions of using one of Aldi’s free car parks. Most people receive an Aldi parking fine because they use the car park but don’t actually shop at Aldi, or because they overstayed the Aldi parking time limit of 90 minutes. 

Because Aldi outsources the management of their car parks to Parking Eye, you’ll receive the parking ticket from them, which is why it may also be known as an Aldi Parking Eye parking fine. Private parking fines like these are officially known as Parking Charge Notices.

Here is an example of someone’s experience from an online forum:

“My wife has just received a £40 parking fine from Parking Eye for parking on an Aldi-owned car park which has on its site an Aldi store (obviously!), Iceland, Ladbrokes and McDonalds. […] The notice arrived today saying that she spent 2 hours and 10 mins parked there, stating that there are signs saying 1 hour 30 min maximum stay.”

  • Bendrarin (Money Saving Expert Forum)

How much is an Aldi Parking Charge Notice?

Parking Charge Notices are currently caped at £100 with a minimum of a 40% discount that must be offered to people who pay within the first 14 days. However, new laws have been passed that will cap Parking Charge Notices at £50 in most cases. 

So in the near future – expected 2023 – the most you could be charged for an Aldi parking fine will be £50 in most cases. This will also be subject to an early-bird discount, making them even cheaper. 

Are private car park fines enforceable?

Private parking fines like those from Parking Eye on behalf of Aldi are considered invoices. Invoices can be enforced by a court order if the private company decides to take legal action. A judge could then issue an order for the other party to pay the money.

If they were ordered to pay by a judge and ignored the order, the private company could ask to use debt enforcement action. The most common method used to enforce a debt is enforcement officers, which are also commonly known as bailiffs.

When bailiffs get involved in the debt recovery process, they add their own fees to the debt making it grow substantially. 

Do you have to pay an Aldi parking fine?

This is a difficult question to answer simply. On the one hand, you don’t have to pay the invoice until a judge tells you to do so. Yet, the parking company is allowed to issue a parking fine when a motorist breaches the terms and conditions of the car park. 

Some people get away without having to pay because Aldi doesn’t take legal action. However, it’s wrong to assume they won’t take legal action because the fine is a small amount. There are stories of Parking Eye taking and not taking the matter further. See here:

“Around a year ago, a few people I knew got parking tickets from Parking Eye and ignored them, and never heard back. But a few months ago, a family member received one, ignored it like others have and then got sent a Northamptonshire Court Summons letter from Parking Eye.”

  • 7ewis (Money Saving Expert Forum)

You should pay the fine if you don’t want to risk court action. But there is one other option…

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

Aldi parking fine appeal process

You can appeal the Aldi parking ticket instead. You must do this within 28 days and the appeal should be sent to Parking Eye – not Aldi.

Your appeal should state why you think the Aldi parking fine is unfair, and it may require supporting evidence. Parking Eye has 56 days to respond.

If the appeal is rejected you can escalate the appeal to POPLA for free. They’re an independent appeals service for private parking fines.

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