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ES Parking Enforcement – Should I Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

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Who are ES Parking Enforcement and do you really have to pay their Parking Charge Notices? We explain what could happen if you don’t pay and look at appealing your parking fine instead. Learn the important details below. 

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.

What is ES Parking Enforcement Ltd?

ES Parking Enforcement Limited, also known as ESPEL, is a car park management company. The business offers a range of services to help clients manage private car parks, such as providing staff wardens, CCTV and parking ticket enforcement. 

The company began in 2014 and is a member of the International Parking Community (IPC). Some of their clients include Runshaw College, Knight Frank and Whittle Jones. ES Parking is entirely legitimate. 

What is an ES Parking Enforcement PCN?

As mentioned, one of the services ES Parking provides to its clients is parking ticket enforcement. They will issue private parking tickets on behalf of the client. They catch people not paying for parking or overstaying through on-site staff or on their car park cameras. 

The private parking ticket will be left on the vehicle or sent to the vehicle owner in the post. As a member of the IPC, they can ask the DVLA for the vehicle owner’s home address. These private parking fines are officially called Parking Charge Notices or PCNs. But they shouldn’t be confused with council parking fines called Penalty Charge Notices. 

Currently, private firms are allowed to charge up to £100 but must offer a significant discount if the driver pays within 14 days. The maximum they can charge is due to be decreased, as per new laws. At some time in 2023, the most a Parking Charge Notice can be issued for will be £50 most of the time. 

ES Parking Enforcement Ltd reviews

Like many parking management companies, ES Parking Enforcement has bad online reviews. Some of their recent reviews suggest the company has a lack of empathy. See here:

“These guys are ridiculous. I have a bowel disease and needed to use the bathroom urgently so I had to stop on the side of a road and use the bathroom in the restaurant and they gave me a ticket for it. Showed them my disabled badge too but they literally didn’t even care.”

  • Salman Patel (Trustpilot review)

“My disabled wife [was] charged £60 for forgetting to put her blue badge on the dashboard of her Motability car! […] money grabbers!”

  • Mralanwilliams Senior (Trustpilot review)

What happens if you don’t pay ES Parking Enforcement Ltd?

You’re given 28 days to pay or appeal your ES Parking fine. If you do neither, the firm is likely to contact you and ask you to pay and add late fees. There are rules about what fees they can and cannot add. 

You’re also likely to receive a Letter Before Action. This is a letter that tells you they’re considering taking legal action if you don’t pay. It can be a scary letter to receive, but sometimes they’re only sent to scare you into paying. It’s impossible to know whether they are willing to take you to court or not. 

You may also receive the above letter from a debt collection agency. Sometimes a car park management company will outsource the recovery process to these companies. But be aware that these debt collection businesses aren’t bailiffs and should not come to your home. 

If you are taken to court and lose the case, the judge will order you to pay. At this point, you should pay the fine to avoid having to deal with real bailiffs (and their expensive fees!). 

Do you have to pay ES Parking Enforcement?

You should pay ES Parking Enforcement if you want to guarantee that you won’t be taken to court to pay. However, Parking Charge Notices aren’t considered real fines, so you don’t have to pay until a court order tells you to do so. 

Parking Charge Notices are more like an invoice from the car park management company. They are within their rights to send a parking ticket when you don’t pay or break other terms and conditions of using the car park. 

You may hear advice online telling you to ignore private parking tickets. Indeed, some people ignore them and are never taken to court, so they never pay. But this is somewhat risky and you might be taken to court. 

Consider appealing your PCN instead

Instead of weighing up the options of paying and ignoring the ticket, you could consider appealing it when relevant. 

You have 28 days to appeal the parking ticket in writing. Your appeal can be sent in a letter or it could be uploaded to the appeal portal on ES Parking Enforcement’s website. 

Your letter should include the reason you think the parking ticket is unfair or incorrect. And you might need to support your claims with evidence. 

For example, you might state that you were late back to your vehicle because you were a witness to an incident and had to speak to the police. You’d then probably need to provide ES Parking Enforcement with the police incident reference number. 

How do I write a letter to appeal a parking ticket?

To write a professional PCN appeal letter, the letter should include:

  1. Your contact details
  2. Your vehicle registration number
  3. Your PCN reference number
  4. A full explanation of the events of the day
  5. Your argument(s) against the ticket
  6. Supporting evidence

Make sure your letter is clear and polite. Even if you’re angry or frustrated, try not to make this the overwhelming message of the letter. The letter should be written to make your case only. 

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.

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What is the best excuse to appeal a parking ticket?

The best excuses to appeal a parking ticket are that they have made an error and you did pay, or that you only overstayed by less than 10 minutes. Private car park companies must give you a 10-minute grace period to get in your car and exit the car park.

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