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Are Lidl’s Car Parking Fines Enforceable? 2022

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Lidl might be one of the cheaper supermarkets that UK shoppers flock to, but your trip can become a lot more expensive if you end up with a Lidl parking fine. 

This post is written for anyone who has recently received a Lidl parking ticket. Learn more about these fines and your rights with us. 

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.

Can you park for free at Lidl?

Lidl offers free parking for a limited duration exclusive to their customers. You must be a Lidl customer to use the car park. This is to avoid people parking at Lidl but not using the store. Even customers of Lidl can only use the car park for so long.

In 2018, Lidl introduced a check-in system at some of its stores. Customers who had parked in the Lidl car park were required to enter their vehicle registration plate or scan their shopping receipt to “check in” to the car park. 

How long can you park in a Lidl car park?

The length of time you can use Lidl’s car park can vary between locations. In most cases, you can use the car park for up to 90 minutes, which should be enough time for most people to do their groceries. This might not be enough time for people doing a larger shop with children or if the store is especially busy. 

Here is an example of someone getting caught out by the time limit:

“I do most of my weekly shopping at Lidl and have just received a parking fine for overstaying in the car park by 29 minutes, the time limit is 1 1/2 hours. Yes, I should have paid attention, it is a new branch that we’d never been to before and tbh I just didn’t think about the time limit.”

  • RahRahRa (MumsNet Foum)

Can you be fined for parking at Lidl?

You can receive a Lidle parking fine if you use the car park but don’t shop at Lidl, or if you park for longer than the duration allowed, even if you’re a Lidl customer. These parking fines are formally known as Parking Charge Notices. 

Lidl Parking Charge Notices explained

Lidl doesn’t issue parking tickets themselves. They outsource the management of their car parks to specialist car park management companies. These car park operators can offer a range of services to businesses with a car park, and one of them is parking ticket enforcement. 

The company might issue Parking Charge Notices to motorists by leaving the ticket on their windshield – if the car park is manned. But it’s more likely that they will install specialist CCTV cameras in the car park which track car number plates. 

If they notice a vehicle parked in Lidl for too long, they will ask the DVLA for the registered vehicle owner’s address and send the Parking Charge Notice in the post. They can only ask the DVLA for this information if they’re a member of an ATA, which Lidl car park operators will be. 

The cost of a Lidl parking fine was usually around £100. But new rules are coming into force that only allows private parking firms to fine people up to £50 in most cases. Additionally, the car park operator must offer a discount of up to 40% if the driver pays within 14 days. 

Are parking fines on private property enforceable?

Parking fines on private property can be enforced if the company takes the case to court. They can ask a judge to issue an order for you to pay. If you don’t pay after a judge’s request, you can be subject to debt enforcement action. The debt might be enforced in many ways, but one of the most popular methods is the use of bailiffs. At this stage, there are further fees to pay. 

However, it’s also important to know that Parking Charge Notices are not considered to be fines. They’re viewed as an invoice only, which is issued to you for breaking the terms and conditions you agree to by using the car park, e.g. not staying for over 90 minutes. 

So, are Lidl parking fines enforceable?

Yes, Lidl parking fines can be enforced, but only if the car park operator takes you to court and wins the case. Not all car park operators take everyone to court, so you’ll never know for certain whether you will have to pay the invoice. 

Ignoring the parking ticket could potentially get you off the hook. But this doesn’t work as much as what you might believe after reading stories online – even when the company is chasing you for a small amount. For this reason, you might want to pay the reduced fine within 14 days and know for certain you’ll avoid court action. 

Or, you could appeal the Lidl Parking Charge Notice!

How to appeal a Lidl parking fine

You must appeal your Lidl parking fine to the car park operator that issued it. Lidl is known to use the services of different car park management companies, so only appeal to the company that sent you the PCN. 

The appeal should be in writing and state the reason you think the ticket should be cancelled. You might need to back this up with evidence. For example, Lidl might state you never shopped in their store so you used the car park wrongfully. But if you did shop at Lidl, you could use the receipt as evidence. 

Does Lidl have to give you a grace period?

Private car park operators must now give drivers a grace period of ten minutes. This ten-minute period is used to get to your car and exit the car park. Therefore, Lidl must give you a grace period of ten minutes. 

If you were sent a Parking Charge Notice because you stayed just over the time limit, you could appeal based on the grace period rule.

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.

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