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Flashpark – Should you Pay or Appeal

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Flashpark provides an innovative service to private landowners who are dealing with unauthorised parking or want to operate a paid-only parking zone. 

Flashpark works on behalf of these landowners to create a legal parking space while profiting from issuing Flashpark parking fines. Learn more about how they work and if you should really pay Flashpark parking tickets, right here. 

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.

What is Flashpark?

Flashpark is a company that helps private landowners to create authorised-only parking spaces on their land. They then issue parking tickets to any motorist who breaches the parking rules. 

They lend signage to landowners so you can legally create an authorised-only parking zone. And provide the technology to report parking contraventions on your property. For example, if you own a business and notice motorists are using your business car park when they shouldn’t be, you could use Flashpark signage to deter them. 

You can then take a photo of any vehicle that has parked on your land without authorisation (or without paying) and send it to Flashpark, which will result in a parking fine sent to the vehicle owner. 

Flashpark Parking Charge Notice

A Flashpark Parking Charge Notice is the name for a parking fine from Flashpark. They are the ones to profit from the parking fines. Flashpark will send the parking ticket to the offending motorist once they have received photographic evidence of the parking contravention from the private landowner. 

Parking Charge Notices are common. They’re the type of parking fine sent by any private car park operator, often attached to supermarkets, hospitals, universities and airports. But do you have to pay them? Keep reading to find out. 

How much is a Flashpark Parking Charge Notice?

New rules state that private car parking fines within England and Wales but outside of London are capped at £50. This means most Flashpark parking tickets will be £50, while some in London will be a little more. 

However, you have to be offered at least a 40% discount if you pay within the first 14 days, which means your Flashpark Parking Charge Notice could be as low as £30 in some cases. 

Flashpark reviews

The average Flashpark reviews differ significantly between their customers using the service to deter unauthorised parking and the motorists receiving a Flashpark Parking Charge Notice – as you may expect. 

Here is what one happy customer had to say:

“FlashPark is the cheapest and excellent option to stop people parking on your allocated parking. Very easy, no need to confront the people. take a clear picture and upload that. Rest is taken care of by FlashPark.”

-Google Reviews

Whereas one parking ticket recipient said:

“Sent a parking charge notice, dated 19th January, only received today, 3rd Feb, meaning that, most conveniently for them, we cannot pay the reduced fee or have the time attempt to explain this was a health care worker dealing with a (very sad) emergency.”

-Google Reviews

Do you have to pay a Flashpark fine?

If you have parked on somebody else’s property without paying or following the rules then the landowner has the right to get Flashpark to issue a Parking Charge Notice. However, it’s best to think of these parking tickets as invoices rather than fines.

You might have to end up paying the Flashpark parking ticket, but you could also appeal against the fine if you believe you have a good reason

Some common reasons why you might appeal include the position of signs, or the landowner not providing you with a ten-minute grace period before taking a photo of your car and sending it to Flashpark.

What happens if you don’t pay Flashpark?

If you don’t pay a Flashpark Parking Charge Notice the company will send you reminders and could threaten court action. 

There’s also a small chance that they will stop trying to recover the money, especially if instructed by the landowner. All landowners have the right to cancel the ticket. 

Flashpark appeal process

You can appeal the parking ticket if you have a good and honest reason. You can first make your formal appeal (known as a representation) directly to Flashpark. The company’s department will handle the appeal but they may contact the landowner to discuss the details and get clarification. 

Your representation should include the reason you’re appealing along with evidence when possible, including photos or videos. Flashpark will then decide to accept and you won’t have to pay, or they’ll reject the appeal. You should receive their decision in writing. 

Flashpark appeal rejected – what now?

Flashpark is a member of an Accredited Trade Association (ATA) called the British Parking Association (BPA). This means any parking fines issued by Flashpark can be contested by an independent service if Flashpark rejects your representation.

You can escalate your Flashpark appeal to Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA). If they agree with your reasons you won’t have to pay the fine.

Flashpark – appeal or pay?

If you don’t have an honest reason to appeal, you will need to pay the Flashpark Parking Charge Notice, unless you want to risk them not taking you to court. If you’re going to pay, try to pay within the first 14 days so you can take advantage of at least a 40% discount. 

Appealing is always a good idea when you have a good reason and solid evidence. It’s free to appeal to Flashpark and any subsequent appeal to POPLA is also free. 

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.

What about council parking tickets?

The information above is only relevant to Flashpark and private parking tickets. If you’re dealing with a council parking ticket, you should read our Penalty Charge Notice guide. It’s free and it coils save you from having to pay!

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