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Car Parking Partnership Appeal – What You Need to Know 2022

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Wondering if you should take a Car Parking Partnership appeal seriously? Want to know whether to pay the fine? The chances are you’re not alone.

I look at the Car Parking Partnership’s operation and how they deal with motorists who don’t pay fines they are given. You may have received a Parking Charge Notice and wondered if the fine is enforceable. To find out, read on!

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.

Car Parking Partnership: A private parking firm

Car Parking Partnership (CPP) is a private firm that provides parking solutions to the private and commercial sectors. Today, CPP is a substantial market leader in the private parking sector. The operator is a member of the British Parking Association (BPA) and trades as Parking Eye.

What happens if you don’t pay a parking charge notice?

The operator could take you to court when you don’t pay a Parking Charge Notice. However, the fine is not the same as a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) and should not be treated in the same way.

A Parking Charge Notice is an invoice you get from an operator because you failed to abide by their ‘rules’. When you think the fine is incorrect, you have the right to file an informal appeal with the Car Parking Partnership.

My advice is to make sure the fine was correctly given before paying it. In short, file an appeal with the operator as soon as possible!

Is a Car Parking Partnership fine enforceable?

The Parking Charge Notice you get from a private operator is an invoice and not an official fine. Car Parking Partnership could issue you with an £85 penalty when they deem you broke the terms of their contract. However, a Parking Charge Notice is not enforceable unless you are taken to court and lose. The fine becomes enforceable when you are ordered to pay it by a judge.

I advise filing an informal appeal to the Car Parking Partnership when you think the fine is incorrect. But if the penalty is justified and the operator takes you to court, you’ll likely lose, and you’ll have to pay the fine.

What happens if I ignore a Parking Charge Notice?

When you ignore a Parking Charge Notice, the operator will send you reminders. They may also threaten to start legal proceedings against you. This is referred to as a Letter Before Action.

If you continue to ignore correspondence you’re sent, the case could land you in court. Of course, sometimes an operator may not start proceedings, but there’s never any guarantee they won’t.

My advice is not to let things get this far. Don’t ignore any letters you get, especially from the court! Also, the operator may hand your details to a debt collection agency. But, again, don’t ignore them because things can spiral out of control quickly.

The Car Parking Partnership appeals process

When you think a Parking Charge Notice was given unfairly or incorrectly, challenge the fine! Don’t pay it without first making sure you deserved the fine. Filing an informal appeal costs nothing and prevents further action from being taken against you. Until your appeal is settled, that is!

If the operator rejects your appeal, you can take the matter to the Independent Appeals Service 

You can file an informal appeal to the operator using their online service. You’ll need to provide the following information:

  • The Parking Charge Reference number
  • Your vehicle registration

An appeal can be sent to the operator by post to PO Box 635, Chorley, PR6 6NJ.

You’ll need to provide the following information when you file an appeal:

  • Why you are appealing the Parking Charge Notice
  • Any supporting evidence (although not obligatory but would help strengthen your case)

The operator may accept or reject your appeal. If they accept it, they may cancel the Parking Charge Notice. But if they reject it, things get more expensive because the discounted rate would no longer apply.

Also, you can take the appeal to an Independent Appeals Service (IAS) when you are convinced the fine was incorrectly given. The operator must agree to the decision POPLA makes regarding your appeal.

Will I get a CCJ for not paying the fine?

You could receive a County Court Judgement (CCJ) if you refuse to pay the fine and were ordered to pay it by the courts. Never ignore official letters from the court because your credit history will be affected. You’ll find it much harder to get a loan, credit card or a mortgage when you have a CCJ on your credit record.

Worth noting: Legal proceedings against you cannot begin while an appeal against a Parking Charge Notice is in process. However, the operator could take you to court once an appeal is rejected!

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.

Car Parking Partnership appeal, should you pay?

When you have a strong case against a Parking Charge Notice, you have the right to file an informal appeal. Car Parking Partnership is a member of the BPA, and as such, they must abide by the Code of Practice. If you know they failed to follow the BPA guidelines, then I suggest you file an appeal.

However, if the Parking Charge Notice is justified, you may lose the appeal. You’ll have to pay the full amount because the reduced fee would no longer apply.

Paying a Car Parking Partnership Fine

There are various options if you decide to pay the Parking Charge Notice, which are:

  • Make a payment online
  • Send a cheque to the operator
  • Call the operator’s payment line on 0330 900 7777 

You’ll need to provide the 12-digit reference number on the Parking Charge Notice, whichever method you choose.

Thanks for reading my post on Car Parking Partnership appeals. I hope the information in the article helps you decide whether it’s worth appealing or paying the fine.

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