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G24 Parking Fine – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

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Received a G24 parking fine letter and don’t know what to do next? This post was written for you and the many other motorists having to face G24 parking tickets. Learn what these fines really are and what you can do about them here. Push back with the right info now!

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.

Who is G24 Ltd?

G24 Ltd is the official company name of G24 Parking. They provide private car park owners and businesses with a range of services to help operate and secure their private car parks. This includes technologies to monitor motorists, payment methods, in-person attendants, and they can issue a G24 parking fine when necessary. 

What is a G24 parking fine?

A G24 parking fine, also known as a G24 Parking Charge Notice, is a car park ticket for not paying or overstaying in a private car park operated by G24 Ltd. The Parking Charge Notice will usually be sent to your address after being spotted on special CCTV that recognises and tracks number plates.

The amount of the fine is now capped at £50 outside of London and £80 within London. But this amount can be reduced by compulsory discounts for people who pay quickly. 

These parking tickets shouldn’t be confused with the similar-sounding Penalty Charge Notice, which is a council parking fine. They are completely different and should be handled in a different way than what is described in this post. 

Are G24 parking fines legal?

Since a historic case between Parking Eye and an unhappy motorist, it is completely legal for a private company to issue you with a private parking fine. However, this doesn’t make them real fines. They should be viewed like invoices from the company rather than a fine. 

Should you pay a G24 parking fine?

If you think you’re in the wrong, you may want to pay your G24 parking fine and be done with the matter. If you plan on paying, it’s best to do so within the first 14 days of being served. G24 must give you at least a 40% discount if you pay within the first two weeks. This means you would only have to pay a maximum of £30 outside of London or a maximum of £48 within London. 

Technically, you don’t have to pay these fines at all unless they are enforced by a judge. This is because they’re really just invoices and not fines or debts. 

Appealing a G24 parking fine instead

Some people receive G24 parking fines and think they’re unfair. You are allowed to appeal the fine within so many days if you believe it’s unjust. You should first appeal directly to G24. Instructions on how to do this will be provided on the Parking Charge Notice. It generally involves stating your reason and any supporting evidence to them so they can make a decision. 

Some excuses that could get you off the hook could include medical emergencies, breaking down, broken payment machines, and even, G24 not serving the parking fine within 14 days after the incident!

If they reject your appeal you can escalate it to an independent tribunal. G24 Limited should provide details on this when they reject your initial appeal. The independent tribunal will have the final say on the matter. But they could request G24 to cancel your Parking Charge Notice.

Should you pay or appeal a G24 parking fine?

If you strongly believe the parking ticket shouldn’t stand then it would be difficult not to appeal. But you should consider your reasoning and if you have evidence to back you up, such as photos or a witness statement. Sometimes it can be safer to pay the reduced fine rate within 14 days, which will not be available to you after exhausting the appeals process.  

In the end, the decision to pay or appeal a G24 parking ticket is an entirely personal decision based on the circumstances surrounding your ticket. 

What happens if you ignore a G24 parking fine?

If you ignore a G24 parking fine the company may send you court threats. Or they could pass on the matter to a debt collection agency – despite it not being a real debt!

The debt collection company will repeatedly contact you and threaten legal action, which may or may not be an empty threat designed to scare you into paying. Some people continue to ignore these parking fines and debt collection agencies and never get taken to court. But there are also many instances of people being taken to court and having to pay plus further court costs. 

It can be a risk that’s not worth taking. It’s much better to appeal a parking ticket when possible. 

Can private parking tickets send bailiffs?

Private parking ticketing companies cannot send bailiffs to your home. They can send you letters asking you to pay, as can debt collection agencies, but they cannot harass you or come to your house. 

A bailiff can only get involved after court action. If you get told to pay the private parking fine by a judge and continue to not pay, the car park operator could ask to enforce the debt with bailiffs, which would likely be accepted unless you’re a vulnerable person. 

Only at this stage could bailiffs be used to collect the money or seize your possessions to be sold and clear the debt. 

What is the G24 Parking contact number?

You can call G24 Parking on 0370 0427215. Or you can email them at [email protected] They also have a contact form you can use for enquiries on their website. 

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.

Want to know more about PCNs?

For more information on private parking tickets and what they really are, take a look at our private parking ticket guide. We’ve probably already answered your next question!

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