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G24 Parking Fine – Should you Pay or Appeal? 

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Janine is a financial expert who supports individuals with debt management, cost-saving resources, and navigating parking tickets.

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· May 23rd, 2024
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Have you received a G24 parking fine and are unsure of your next steps? This is the right place for you. 

Each month, over 130,000 people visit our website looking for guidance on fines and parking tickets. Rest assured, you’re not the only one going through this.

In this article, we’ll provide you with simple and clear information on:

  •  Who G24 Ltd is and what a G24 parking fine means.
  •  If you are required to pay G24 parking fines.
  •  How to appeal a G24 parking fine.
  •  What could happen if you ignore a G24 parking fine.
  •  Tips on avoiding a G24 parking fine.

Research found that, despite 78% of members deeming private parking fines unfair, many don’t contest due to low confidence in appeal success.1 However, we’re here to help you challenge these fines effectively. 

Let’s dive in!

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 you pay a G24 parking fine?

When evaluating G24 fines, you may want to pay your fine if you think you’re in the wrong. If you plan on paying, it’s best to do so within the first 14 days of being served. G24 must give you a 40% discount if you pay within the first two weeks.

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

However, it’s important to keep in mind the advice of Janine Marsh, our financial expert, who warns against ignoring private parking tickets. Doing so can escalate issues, resulting in constant letters and visits from debt collectors. Instead, if you dispute the ticket, appeal directly to the parking company.

In this instance, a forum user on MoneySavingExpert managed to get their Parking Charge Notice waived. They spoke to the manager of the shop where they parked their car and provided proof that they had overstayed because they had shopped in their store. The manager contacted G24 and got them to cancel the charge.

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Should you pay or appeal the fine?

The RAC reports that the majority of complaints regarding private parking companies stem from exorbitant fees and unreasonable conduct.2

Considering this, if you strongly believe the parking ticket shouldn’t stand, it would be difficult not to appeal.

However, you should consider your reasoning and whether or not 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.  

Ultimately, the decision to pay or appeal a G24 parking ticket is entirely personal. You should make this decision based on the circumstances surrounding your situation. 

Appeal Process Steps

Some people receive G24 parking fines and think they’re unfair. If you believe you have been issued one unjustly, you can go through the appeal process.

We’ve put together this table that explains the steps you should take to appeal your parking fine. If you want to learn more or require further advice, make sure to check out our specialized guide.

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.

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

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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How to escalate your appeal

G24 is a member of the British Parking Association (BPA), which means you can escalate your appeal to the Independent Appeals Service (IAS) if they reject your appeal.

The IAS is an independent impartial service who can help you with your case. G24 Limited should provide details on this when they reject your initial appeal. The IAS will have the final say on the matter, and they could request G24 to cancel your Parking Charge Notice.

In our experience, if they reject your appeal you should settle the case and pay the charge to avoid further trouble.

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What happens if you ignore the parking ticket?

Janine Marsh, our financial expert, says not to ignore private parking tickets as it leads to escalating issues like constant letters and debt collectors’ visits. If you dispute the ticket, appeal directly to the parking company. 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 they never end up in court.

However, there are also many instances of people being taken to court. If they take you to court, you may be issued a County Court Judgement, which would stay on your credit record for six years. In addition, you may have to pay additional costs. 

When considering the consequences of ignoring G24 fines, it is often a risk that’s not worth taking. It’s much better to appeal a parking ticket when possible. 

G24 Parking Contact Details

Address: G24 LTD
2-4 Packhorse Road
Gerrards Cross
Buckinghamshire
SL9 7QE
Phone: +44 (0) 370 0427215
Fax: +44 (0) 370 0427216
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://g24.co.uk/

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References

  1. Which? – The rise of private parking fines
  2. RACF – Private Parking: Public Concern
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Scott Nelson MoneyNerd
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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.