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Euro Car Parks Fine – Everything you need to know 2022 

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You may be asking whether you have to pay a Euro Car Parks fine and if it’s enforceable? Euro Car Parks is privately owned. Therefore their parking fines are not covered by the law. Instead, they are invoices drawn up when a person doesn’t abide by their parking rules.

Private companies use the term parking charge notice, so it sounds like a fine levied by a local authority called a ‘penalty charge notice’. In short, the acronym is the same – PCN, which is bound to confuse people. I take a look at how you should deal with a Euro Car Parks fine and when you could dispute it!

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.

Private Parking Charge Notice v Penalty Charge Notice

With both fines having the same acronym, it’s easy to get the two mixed up, and many people do. However, a private Parking Charge Notice doesn’t have the same authority as a Penalty Charge Notice issued by the council or police!

So, what’s the difference?

A parking fine given by Euro Car Parks, unlike a local authority or the police, doesn’t have the right to ‘punish’ people who don’t obey their rules. However, they have the right to issue you with an ‘invoice’ for breaking their ‘rules’. In short, you breached a contract between you and the private land firm, so it’s a civil dispute.

A fine issued by a local council or the police is enforceable under UK law!

You can be given a Parking Charge Notice when you park on private land and fail to pay. Private land could be any of the following:

  • Private car parks
  • Hospital car parks
  • Supermarket car parks

The penalty notice could be left on your windscreen, or you could get it in the post! The issuer could claim you stayed too long, and therefore you breached the contract you accepted when you left your vehicle in a Euro Car Park.

If you are the vehicle’s registered owner, the operator can easily access your details through the DVLA. So you are, in theory, liable for the ticket, but not necessarily!

Do I have to pay a Euro Car Parks fine?

Whether you have to pay a Euro Car Parks fine depends on certain things. Initially, the answer is no because a Parking Charge Notice is not enforceable – to begin with, that is!

However, if Euro Car Parks decides to start proceedings to recover the money owed, it could be. First, the fine is an invoice, but operators will refer to the penalty as a ‘fine’. They will issue threats when you don’t pay up.

That said, you won’t have to pay until you are issued with a court order to do so. You’ll have to pay Euro Car Parks their fine/invoice when this happens.

Can I appeal a Parking Charge Notice?

Yes, you can! You can file an appeal when you think it’s wrong or unfair. The details on how to do this should be on the parking ticket you were given. You’re in luck because Euro Car Parks is a member of the British Parking Association (BPA).

It means they must follow a Code of Practice. This includes allowing you a ‘grace period’.

What is a Grace Period?

As a member of the BPA, Euro Car Parks must give you a 10-minute grace period. This allows you to get to your car and exit the car park before you are given a parking fine.

When you are not given this grace period and given a fine, I strongly suggest you challenge it. You must have proof though, so check if there are any cameras around and request the CCTV footage of when the parking ticket was issued!

What if I don’t pay a Parking Charge Notice?

If you don’t pay a Euro Car Parks fine, the company could:

  • Send several payment requests
  • Add late charges and other fees to an original amount
  • Threaten you with legal action
  • Refer your details to a debt collection agency

The company cannot visit you at home or threaten to come to your home, or repossess any assets! However, they could choose to take the matter much further.

There’s never any guarantee that Euro Car Parks won’t take the matter further. That said, they could get quite aggressive to begin with. They may only be able to recover the original fine and some legal costs if they win the case in court.

In the meantime, you’ll more than likely receive letters from debt collectors threatening legal action. Don’t be intimidated, but don’t ignore them either. If you get a court order to pay the amount you owe, pay the amount but ideally, don’t let things get this far!

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.

Will I get a County Court Judgement for a Private Parking Charge Notice?

When you don’t pay the fine to Euro Car Parks, you could be taken to court. The judge could give you a CCJ for non-payment. Before this happens, I suggest you pay the Euro Car Parks fine if you don’t appeal it!

Ignoring a court order could result in bailiffs contacting you. Plus, unfortunately, it means you’ll have to pay the cost of the bailiffs too!

Will a Parking Charge Notice impact my credit score?

No. It won’t affect your credit score. But if you receive a court order to pay and ignore it, then it could! A private Parking Charge Notice is not deemed a real debt – unless a court order is issued against you.

Thanks for reading this post on Euro Car Parks fines and when to appeal or to pay the penalty. As with all PCNs, it’s best to read the ticket and follow the instructions on how to pay and how to challenge the fine!

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