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Britannia Parking Fine – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

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Did you get a Britannia Parking fine, and wondering if you should pay or appeal it? Of course, there are times when you’ll have to pay up. But there are times when you could challenge the fine. For example, you could appeal a Britannia parking fine if specific criteria apply. Plus, it’s free to file an informal appeal against a private operator, so you’ve nothing to lose!

In this post, I look at when you’d have to pay a Britannia parking fine and when you could appeal it. I explain how private operators must follow the code of practice. Also covered is the risk of not paying a Parking Charge Notice, resulting in you being taken to court. Read on to determine whether you need to pay the fine or dispute 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.

Can a parking ticket be enforced on private land?

A Parking Charge Notice on private land is only enforceable when a court orders you to pay. The ticket may look like a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) and has the same acronym, but it’s not the same. Plus, it is a civil matter. So if the landowner or operator wants to take you to court, they can start proceedings against you.

A Parking Charge Notice is an invoice issued by a landowner or parking operator. They give you an invoice when you were allegedly in breach of contract. To clarify, every time you use a private car park, you accept their ‘rules and regulations’. If you break the rules, they can give you a Parking Charge Notice.

Standard rules you might break when using a private car park include:

  • You forgot or omitted to pay the car park fee
  • You overstayed the time you are allowed to park
  • You did not park in an allotted bay
  • You parked the vehicle in a disabled or families with infants bay

You should challenge the fine when you know that you broke no rules, yet you still got a Parking Charge Notice. You have the right to appeal the parking ticket in the Private Parking Code of Practice.

What is a good excuse to get out of a parking ticket?

As mentioned, private parking operators must abide by the Code of Practice. When they don’t, you can appeal a Parking Charge Notice. Reasons why you can challenge the fine include:

  • You received the Parking Charge Notice over 14 days after you parked a vehicle in the private car park
  • You parked your vehicle correctly in the right bay
  • The car park signs or bay markings were not visible
  • The operator gave you a Parking Charge Notice over £100. An operator can only charge more than £100 if they can prove the parking offence you committed cost them money
  • You were not driving at the time the Parking Charge Notice was given
  • You were unable to get back to your car due to a disability, had a young child with you, or because you were pregnant. This falls under the Equality Act 2010, which states nobody can be discriminated against and must be treated fairly with ‘understanding’
  • You broke down and waiting for roadside assistance to fix your vehicle or tow it away
  • You were only 5 to 10 minutes late getting back to your vehicle which means the operator did not give you the 10-minute grace period!

Note: You could appeal if you received the fine in the mail, yet there were no signs saying there was ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) or CCTV in the car park.

What is a reasonable grace period for parking?

Private car park operators must allow you a 10-minute mandatory grace period before issuing a Parking Charge Notice. When you park correctly in a designated bay, the operator should not issue a ticket unless the 10-minute grace period has expired.

If you get a Parking Charge Ticket and are not given the grace period, you could challenge the fine by appealing it! Also, it’s free to make an informal appeal which you must do before you file an appeal with an independent trade association or tribunal.

Britannia parking charge notice appeal process

When you think the Parking Charge Notice is wrong or unfair and want to file an appeal, you have the right to do so. However, you must appeal the fine in writing within 28 days of the Parking Charge Notice issue date. Complete the appeal form and send it to Britannia Parking.

Include all the information and evidence to support your appeal when you challenge a Britannia Parking Charge Notice. Also, make sure you send the appeal by registered post!

Britannia Parking is a member of the British Parking Association (BPA) and, therefore, must follow its set appeals process.

When the operator upholds your appeal, the Parking Charge Notice could be cancelled in a day. However, if they reject the appeal, you could take the matter to POPLA, which could take 2 to 3 months!

Can I get a CCJ for not paying a private parking ticket?

When you don’t pay a court order to pay a Parking Charge Notice, you’ll get a County Court Judgement (CCJ). So when you receive any official court papers about a parking fine, don’t ignore them. If you do, things quickly spiral out of control.

Once you have a CCJ on your credit history, you’ll find it hard to borrow money in the future. The record remains on your credit file for up to 6 years too!

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.

When you get a Britannia Parking fine, first check whether the notice was given to you correctly. If it is not, you have the right to appeal the Parking Charge Notice. However, when the operator follows all the rules and the ticket is correct, you may not have any choice but to pay them the fine!

Thanks for reading this post on Britannia Parking fines. I hope you found it informative enough to help you decide whether to pay or appeal the fine you received.

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