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District Enforcement Appeals – What You Need to Know

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· May 29th, 2024
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Did you get a private parking fine from District Enforcement? Are you unsure about paying or making an appeal?

This is the right spot for you. Every month, over 130,000 people visit our website for help with fines and parking tickets.

In this article, we’ll discuss:

  •  What District Enforcement is.
  •  Whether you need to pay District Enforcement fines.
  •  How to make an appeal against a District Enforcement fine.
  •  The process if your appeal is rejected.

Which? found that unclear rules and various payment methods in private car parks are partly to blame for an increased number of fines.1

So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the process, don’t worry. We’re here to help you find out more about District Enforcement and how it works.

Most Ticket Appeals Succeed

In some circumstances, you might have a legitimate reason not to pay your parking fine.

It’s a bit sneaky, but the last time I needed legal advice, I paid £5 for a trial to chat with an online solicitor called JustAnswer.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor feeds, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

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*According to Martin Lewis, 56% of people who try to appeal their ticket are successful and get the charge overturned, so it’s well worth a try.

Should I pay or challenge it?

You should appeal your District Enforcement parking ticket if you believe you have a case.

Because the discounted rate is offered after an initial appeal rejection, it’s worth making a District Enforcement PCN appeal to buy yourself time if needed. 

Appeal Process Steps

If you believe the ticket was unfairly issued, you have the option to appeal

But your appeal must be submitted to District Enforcement by their deadline, which is usually 28 days after the PCN was issued. This is the same deadline you’re given to pay. 

Here’s a quick table that will help you better understand the appeal process.

If you want to learn more about your parking ticket or the steps you should take to make an appeal, please check out our specialized guides.

Process: Steps you should take:
When you receive the ticket… You should gather as much evidence as you can to support your appeal claim and prove that the ticket was unfairly issued.
If you were given the ticket in person/attached to your car… You must make an informal appeal (sent to the local authority/council that issued the PCN) within 14 days. This should be a letter with the evidence proving why the ticket was incorrectly given.
If it was posted to you… You will be given 21 days to submit an informal appeal (from the day you received the letter). Your informal appeal should be a letter with the evidence proving why the ticket was incorrectly given.
If the informal appeal is rejected… You will receive a Notice to Owner and will have 28 days to respond to this with a formal appeal. You can conduct the formal appeal online or via paper form. The Traffic Penalty Tribunal can send you one of these forms.
If the formal appeal is rejected… You will receive a Notice of Rejection. From here, you are free to challenge the council’s verdict at an independent tribunal.
If the independent tribunal disagrees with your appeal… You should pay the ticket within 28 days of the tribunal rejecting your appeal. If you don’t, the fine will be increased by 50%.
If you don’t have the money to pay the fine, you should contact Citizens Advice or another debt charity.

Remember that your appeal should state why you want the parking ticket cancelled, and it should be accompanied by supporting evidence. This is also called a representation.  

For example, you may state that your car broke down, and you had to call a mechanic. The invoice from the mechanic might suffice as evidence, or a statement from them. 

Parking Tickets

District Enforcement may issue parking fines to people who use the car parks they manage without paying.

This includes failure to pay and overstaying their paid-for time.

A private parking fine is also called a Parking Charge Notice. It isn’t considered to be a genuine fine. You should think of a Parking Charge Notice like an invoice from the business. 

Lastly, Parking Charge Notices aren’t the same as Penalty Charge Notices, which can be council parking tickets. But they can be both referred to as PCNs.

Successful Appeal Case Study

Situation

Initial Fine £100
Additional Fees £171
Total Fine £271

The Appeal Process

Scott used JustAnswer, online legal service to enhance his appeal. The trial of this cost him just £5.

Total Fine £271
Cost of legal advice £5

JustAnswer helped Scott craft the best appeal possible and he was able to win his case.

Scott’s fine was cancelled and he only paid £5 for the legal help.

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Do you have to pay them?

On a technicality, you don’t have to pay these fines until you’re legally ordered to do so.

However, if you get to the point of being told to pay by a judge, you’re likely to incur even further charges and fees.

So it’s considered a bit of a catch 22.

District Enforcement may threaten you with legal action if you don’t pay by a deadline. Or they may ask a debt collection agency to take over the process, which will also threaten you with court proceedings. 

You might be able to avoid paying or being taken to court by making a District Enforcement appeal. More on this shortly! 

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What if it’s rejected?

If your District Enforcement appeal is rejected, the company give you another opportunity to pay the discounted rate, which isn’t always the case.

As a result, appealing can be a great way to buy yourself some time and raise money to pay off the fine.

This can be especially useful if you’re in financial difficulty. 

Rejected District Enforcement appeals can be escalated. District Enforcement will inform you of how to escalate the appeal when denied.

As members of the International Parking Community (IPC), all escalated appeals are directed to the Independent Appeals Service.

An appeal to the Independent Appeals Service must be lodged within 28 days of the initial appeal being rejected.

At this point, you will have lost the opportunity to pay the discounted rate.

If you want to appeal to the Independent Appeals Service after 28 days, you can still do so – but you have to pay a £15 fee. 

You can no longer appeal to the Independent Appeals Service one year after the initial District Enforcement appeal was rejected. 

Getting the support of a Solicitor can take a huge weight off your mind.

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Online reviews

There are a number of poor reviews about District Enforcement online. These bad reviews mention unjust parking fines and expensive payment methods.

Take a look at some examples:

“Complete joke spent hours trying to find how to pay for a ticket then once paid I get a bill for £7 on my phone just for phoning up to pay for it .”

  • Matthew S (Google review)

“After falsely being served a parking ticket for leaving without paying despite providing evidence in the form of a receipt of payment, the company eventually withdrew my parking fine after appeal but informed me that I “should ensure I  park correctly in order to ensure I don’t receive any further parking fines”. Just awfully condescending and no admittance of a mistake on their part.”

  • Thomas S (Google review)

District Enforcement Contact Details

Post: District Enforcement Limited
PO Box 10418, Ashby, LE65 9EJ
Website: https://district-enforcement.co.uk/

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If you’re thinking about appealing your parking ticket then getting some professional advice is a good idea.

Getting the support of a Solicitor can make your appeal much more likely to win.

For a £5 trial, Solicitors from JustAnswer can look at your case and help you create an airtight appeal.

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References

  1. Which? – The rise of private parking fines
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Scott Nelson MoneyNerd
Author
Scott Nelson is a renowned debt expert who supports people in debt with debt management and debt solution resources.
Janine Marsh MoneyNerd
Appeals Expert
Janine is a financial expert who supports individuals with debt management, cost-saving resources, and navigating parking tickets.