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CPS Parking Ticket Fine – Should I Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

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Getting a CPS parking ticket when you’ve done nothing wrong is more than just annoying. But you have the right to challenge the fine by following the operator’s procedure!

This post takes a look at how CPS Parking manages car parks for landowners. I explain how you could appeal the fine and when you may have to bite the bullet and pay it. Read on to find out if you may have to pay or if you could file an appeal against a CPS parking fine.

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.

Who is CPS?

Otherwise known as Combined Parking Solutions, CPS is a private management firm. The operator is an International Parking Community (IPC) member. Therefore, CPS should follow a Code of Practice in managing private car parks and issue fines.

CPS provides Pay & Display options as well as the following in private car parks:

  • Limited parking time
  • Parking permits only
  • No parking enforcement

Why would CPS give me a ticket?

You could be given a parking ticket from CPS because the operator claims you did not abide by their rules. In short, you have allegedly disregarded the Terms and Conditions of using a car park they manage.

That said, you’ll be issued a parking charge notice (not the same as a penalty charge notice) for a minor parking infringement. It could be because:

  • Your car wasn’t parked correctly
  • You parked in a bay designated for use by a disabled person or families with children
  • You didn’t pay to use the car park, or you overstayed an allotted time that’s free of charge
  • You returned to your car well after the fee expired

There’s no getting out of paying when a parking charge notice is issued correctly because you committed a minor parking violation. Providing the fine was issued correctly according to the IPC guidelines.

Can a private company make you pay a parking fine?

The operator must take you to court because a parking charge notice falls under Contractual Law. Only a court can make you pay the fine!

Is a CPS fine the same as a penalty charge notice?

No. The fine looks similar, but it is not the same at all. Penalty charge notices are legally enforceable under the Road Traffic Act 1988. On the other hand, a parking ticket on private land is an ‘invoice’.

Operators are authorised by landowners to issue fines to motorists. The notices are given to inform you of a parking infringement. In short, when you get a parking charge notice, it’s a civil offence, not a criminal one.

What happens if you ignore a CPS Parking ticket?

Don’t ignore a parking charge notice you get from CPS. The operator will chase you for the money if, after 28 days, you don’t pay. You’ll receive payment reminders. The letters are typically quite threatening.

You’ll receive a Letter Before Action as a warning the operator intends to take you to court!

Next, the operator could ask a debt collection agency who could contact you by letter, phone, or visit you in person. Lastly, CPS could take you to court to recover the debt.

Suppose you continue to ignore the parking fine and a court ruling. In that case, a County Court Judgement is filed on your credit history. It’ll affect your ability to borrow for 6 years!

I recommend you don’t ignore a parking fine on private land to avoid things escalating.

Should I pay the CPS Parking ticket straight away?

No. You should first check the fine was issued correctly according to IPC guidelines before paying it.

You should see if:

  • The details on the parking charge notice are correct
  • Did the operator allow you a grace period before issuing the parking fine? You’re allowed a 10-minute grace period when you get back to your car
  • Was the parking fine sent to you within 14 days of the alleged parking infringement?

When you know the fine was issued correctly, I recommend paying it within 14 days of receiving it. Paying it within 2 weeks means you pay a reduced amount.

You can pay a CPS parking fine online. The amount an operator can legally charge is:

  • £50 outside London (England and Wales)
  • £80 in London

If your fine is above these amounts, you can challenge it. The operator should cancel the fine!

You must provide the following when you pay the parking fine:

  • Your car registration details
  • The parking fine reference number

How do I appeal a CPS Parking ticket?

You must file an appeal against a CPS parking ticket within 28 days of getting it. After twenty-eight days, you lose the right to contest the parking fine. Also, you need to explain why you don’t want to pay.

My appeal against a CPS fine was rejected. What happens next?

You have the right to file an appeal with an independent appeals service (IAS) if you receive a rejection letter from CPS. The operator must provide information on how to do this in their rejection letter.

I wasn’t driving when the parking fine was given. What should I do?

You must provide the name and address of the driver if you weren’t driving when the fine was issued. You’ll be liable for the parking fine if you don’t tell CPS who was driving and you’re the registered keeper.

You can transfer liability on the operator’s website.

Could CPS start legal proceedings if I don’t pay the parking fine?

Yes. CPS could take you to court if you don’t pay the parking charge notice within 28 days of getting it. There’s no guarantee the operator won’t start legal proceedings to recover the debt.

My advice? You should pay the parking ticket within 14 days, so you pay less. Or you should file an appeal within 28 days, which stops the operator from taking the matter to court. Until they decide to reject your appeal, there’s nothing they can do.

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

Lastly, CPS Parking ticket. Should you pay or appeal?

Parking fines on private land are not the same as parking tickets on public land. They are only enforceable when a court rules you have to pay. That said, don’t automatically think a parking charge notice was issued correctly.

Always check whether the fine is justified before paying it. You could file an appeal when you feel it’s unjust or that the operator didn’t follow the Code of Practice.

But when you know the parking charge notice is justified, pay it early within 2 weeks to benefit from paying the lower amount.

Thanks for reading my article on whether to pay or appeal a CPS Parking ticket. I hope you found the info helpful.

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