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Dean Clough Parking – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Law

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Did you get a Dean Clough parking fine, and are you wondering if you should pay, appeal or ignore it? Unfortunately, many people find themselves asking the same question.

I explain who Dean Clough is and how they manage their own car parks. Then I go on to explain when you could challenge the fine and when you might have to pay it. Read on to find out more.

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 Dean Cough Ltd?

Dean Cough Ltd is a member of the British Parking Association (BPA). Therefore, they’re part of the Approved Operator Scheme (AOS).

The company provides on-site parking, which is free at weekends, after 5pm on weekdays and free on bank holidays. But you have to pay at all other times using their Pay and Display system in long-stay and short-stay car parks.

Note: There’s also the option to use their ‘Pay on Foot’ system.

Dean Clough issues parking tickets to motorists who commit a minor parking infringement in one of their car parks.

Why would I get a Dean Clough parking ticket?

The most common reason for getting a Dean Clough parking ticket is because you:

  • Did not pay the correct amount to park
  • Parked incorrectly
  • Used a parking bay that’s only for the disabled or families with young children
  • You parked for too long and ran out of paid allotted time

You could get a fine left on your windscreen, or you may receive it in the post. However, motorists have found the signage used in the car parks confusing. As such, they were given parking fines.

Note: Dean Clough manages their car parks and doesn’t use a parking management company.

Will I have to pay a Dean Clough parking fine straight away?

No. I recommend that you first check if the fine was issued correctly. I suggest you do the following:

  • Make sure the fine was sent to you within 14 days of the alleged parking violation
  • Are the details on the parking fine correct?
  • Were you the driver when the parking fine was issued?
  • Did Dean Clough issue the parking fine before the 10-minute grace period was up?

If any of the abovementioned applies and you can prove it, you could challenge the fine. But if Dean Clough followed BPA guidelines and issued the parking charge correctly, you may have to pay!

My advice? Pay the fine within 14 days, so you get to pay a reduced amount!

Can a private company enforce a parking fine?

No. Not without a court order. The parking fine a private operator issues is, in fact, an invoice. You’re issued a parking charge because you allegedly failed to follow the rules.

Note: Only a court can order you to pay a fine issued on private land.

Should I ignore a Dean Clough parking fine?

No, I recommend you don’t ignore a parking charge notice because the operator could take the matter further. But, that said, don’t think it’s correct either.

Dean Clough may pass your details to a debt collection agency. Then, the operator could start legal proceedings in a civil court to recover the debt!

Would Dean Clough take me to court if I don’t pay the parking ticket?

Yes. As mentioned, Dean Clough could take you to court if the operator followed the Code of Practice. In short, if the parking fine was issued correctly, they may try to recover the debt through a civil court!

But first, you’ll get a warning in the form of a Letter Before Action (LBA). You should not ignore this! Plus, there could be more fees to pay on top of the original fine!

My advice? Don’t let things escalate to this stage if you can. You should appeal the fine to prevent the operator from doing anything else. Until a decision is made. Or pay the fine within 14 days. It means you pay up to 40% less!

How do you pay a Dean Clough parking ticket?

You could pay the Dean Clough parking ticket by emailing them at parking@deanclough.com. Unfortunately, there’s no link on the Dean Clough website regarding parking fines or how to pay or appeal them.

However, before paying the fine, I suggest you do the following:

  • Check whether you were given a 10-minute grace period. As a BPA member, Dean Clough should follow their guidelines
  • Check if the details on the parking fine are right
  • Check if you got the parking fine within 2 weeks of allegedly committing a minor parking violation

You must pay the fine within 28 days of receiving it. However, to pay a lower amount, you can pay the fine within 14 days!

How do I appeal a Dean Clough parking fine?

You have the right to appeal a Dean Clough parking fine. Plus, by appealing the fine, the operator cannot take the matter further until the appeal is resolved. 

I suggest you email Deal Clough at parking@deanclough.com. Make sure you provide valid reasons why you’re challenging the fine. Plus, you must provide the following info:

  • Reference number of the parking fine
  • Car registration details

What happens when Dean Clough rejects an appeal?

You can take the matter to POPLA if your appeal against a Dean Clough parking ticket gets rejected. But you must file an appeal with Dean Clough before POPLA gets involved.

Dean Clough must provide information on how to do this, which must be included in their letter of rejection.

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, Dean Clough parking ticket. Should you pay or appeal?

There’s no info on how to pay or appeal a Dean Clough parking ticket on their website. As such, when you think the fine is unjust, I suggest you send the company an email detailing why you don’t want to pay.

If you think the fine was correctly issued, I recommend paying it within 14 days of receiving it. Like this, you get to pay much less than the original amount!

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