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Appeal Met Parking Guide – What You Should Do 2022

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Our MoneyNerd appeal MET Parking guide has been written to help you understand the PCN appeals process to MET Parking Services. If you’re considering making a parking ticket appeal to MET Parking, you’ll want to hear this first.

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.

What is MET Parking Services?

MET Parking Services is a car park management company that helps businesses to manage their private car parks. This could involve services like consultations, providing signage, cleaning, payment machines, on-site staff, cameras and car park ticketing. 

The company is legitimate and is a member of both the International Parking Community and the British Parking Authority.  

MET Parking Services PCNs

One of the services provided by MET Parking Services is to deter private car parking abuse by issuing private parking fines called Parking Charge Notices or PCNs for short.

They will issue a private parking ticket to motorists who are judged to have broken the terms and conditions of using the car park, such as failing to pay or overstaying. 

These tickets might be placed on your windshield by on-site car park wardens, but it’s more likely they will be sent in the post. As a member of the BPA and IPC, they can request the vehicle owner’s contact information from the DVLA so they can send the fine. 

Fines are currently capped at £100 but will be capped at £50 in most cases from some point in 2023.

Do you have to pay a MET Parking PCN?

MET Parking Services are legally allowed to serve drivers with Parking Charge Notices. When you park in one of the car parks they manage, you agree to the terms and conditions of using the car park by entering, but this must be stated on car park signage. 

Whether you have to pay or not isn’t so straightforward. What you’ve really received isn’t a fine but more similar to an invoice for a service. You should pay for this service if you agree you are guilty of the parking contravention. But at the same time, you only have to pay when a court order tells you to pay. 

Will MET Parking take me to court?

MET Parking Services might take you to court if you’re ignoring their parking ticket and refusing to cooperate. There is evidence online that they will outsource the collection process to a debt collection company called Debt Recovery Plus first:

“[…] received a Parking Charge Notice from Met Parking Services for parking in elec bay at Asda […] now received follow up notice that debt passed to a recovery agency ‘Debt Recovery Plus’ who have doubled the charge. They say they will recommend Met Parking take court action if unpaid.”

  • Kittenribbons (Money Saving Expert Forum)

However, sometimes legal threats are only made to make you so worried that you pay to get it over with. There’s no way for knowing if a legal threat is genuine. 

Can you appeal a MET Parking ticket instead?

You can appeal a MET Parking Services fine instead of paying it or ignoring it and hoping for the best. All appeals must be submitted within 28 days. Missing this deadline means you’ll no longer be allowed to appeal.

The PCN appeal must be made in writing, but your letter can now be uploaded to the MET Parking Services website to save time. You’ll need to log in to their portal using your registration number and PCN reference number, and then you’ll be able to view the evidence against you.

From here, you can upload your PCN appeal letter and any supporting evidence. 

How do I write a letter of appeal for a Parking Charge Notice?

Your letter of appeal for a Parking Charge Notice must explain the events that led up to the alleged parking contravention and relevant background information. It should clearly set out all arguments against the parking ticket and refer to any supporting evidence you plan to attach. 

It’s important to make the letter about appealing the ticket and getting it cancelled, rather than making it about venting your anger or frustration towards the car park company. 

How long does MET Parking have to respond?

MET Parking Services must respond to your parking ticket appeal within 56 days (eight weeks). It’s unlikely that they will take longer to respond to an appeal. Most people receive a decision within just a few weeks. 

They will respond in writing, which means they could send you a letter in the post or they could send an email. 

What if they don’t respond in time?

If MET Parking Services don’t respond to a PCN challenge within 56 days, the appeal is automatically accepted. 

This means you could get away without paying if the company becomes too busy with PCN appeals and they don’t respond quick enough. However, this is unlikely to happen. 

MET Parking appeal rejected – another way?

You don’t have to accept an appeal rejection as the end of the road. If MET Parking rejects your first appeal, you can escalate the appeal to either:

  1. Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA)
  2. The Independent Appeals Service

This is because MET Parking Services is a member of the British Parking Association and the International Parking Community, respectively. Using either of these independent appeals services is free, but there is usually a deadline to escalate the appeal to them.

These independent groups will have the last say on your case, telling MET Parking Services to cancel the fine or that the fine should stand. 

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

How do I contact MET Parking Services?

You can contact MET Parking Services via their online contact form. Or you can write to them at:

PO Box London 64168

London

WC1A 9BE

They do have a phone number, but this line is an automated line reserved for making PCN payments. So you won’t be able to speak to MET Parking Services staff on this number.

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