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Group Nexus Parking Charge – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

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Did you get a Group Nexus Parking fine and are wondering whether to pay or appeal it? Parking Charge Notices are not the same as Penalty Charge Notices issued by councils and the police. The PCN acronym is confusing and could catch many motorists out!

I look at the difference between privately issued PCNs, which are effectively invoices, and PCNs issued by councils/police. Then, I will explain why you could challenge a Parking Charge Notice and when it’s better to pay the fine! Read on to find out more about Group Nexus parking fines!

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.

Is a Parking Charge Notice enforceable?

Private firms issue Parking Charge Notices, and you get one when you commit a parking infringement on privately owned land. You can also get a privately issued PCN when you park on land operated by a firm on behalf of the owner. An example is a supermarket car park.

The difference between a Parking Charge Notice issued by a private organisation and one issued by the council or police is that it is not enforceable under UK law! A Parking Charge Notice is, in fact, an invoice you receive for breaching a contract.

The answer as to whether it is enforceable is not clear cut. First, when you get a Parking Charge Notice check it’s legit and that you were given the 10-minute grace (more on this later) before receiving the fine.

Next, find out whether the company will take you to court for non-payment! That’s when a privately issued Parking Charge Notice becomes enforceable. Also, was the ticket left on your vehicle, or was it sent by post!

Remember, a Parking Charge Notice is an ‘invoice’. Therefore, it is dealt with as a civil matter when you go to court.

Do you have to pay a parking charge from a private company?

You should not automatically pay a Parking Charge Notice received on private land. First, find out whether you should appeal it! The ticket is not a ‘fixed penalty’ and should not be treated the same way as a fine issued by a council or police.

You should only consider paying the fine when a court orders you to pay up! However, it might be better to pay the fine to avoid going to court. Especially when you know you’re at fault.

How do I appeal a Nexus group?

Do the following when you decide to challenge your Group Nexus PCN:

You have the option to pay the ticket to prevent the matter from going any further. But, when you believe it was wrongfully issued, you have the right to challenge it. This is particularly the case if you can prove no grace period was given before the ticket was issued.

What is a reasonable grace period for parking?

A 10-minute grace period should be allowed before a parking ticket can be issued. However, suppose you received the fine without being given this ‘grace period’ and can prove it. In that case, you can challenge a Group Nexus parking charge.

You could have your fine written off!

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Do I have to pay group Nexus?

Not necessarily. However, suppose the Parking Charge Notice is legal and was issued correctly. In that case, you are liable to pay the fine – if you are the registered keeper of the vehicle, that is!

If Group Nexus takes you to court and an order to pay is issued, you’ll have to pay the fine! Also, don’t ignore any court letters because the consequences can be far-reaching if you do. For example, you could pay more and have a CCJ to boot!

When you decide to pay the fine, you should get a discount if you pay within 14 days. However, if you choose to file an appeal, do so quickly by filling out the online appeal form on the Group Nexus website. The sooner you do, the quicker the problem may be resolved – either way!

How do you successfully appeal a penalty charge notice?

When you believe a Group Nexus parking charge is unfair, you can challenge it. A fine could be deemed unfair for the following reasons:

  • No rules were broken when you parked your vehicle
  • Signs were not visible or not there at all
  • Mitigating circumstances – your car broke down
  • The parking operator didn’t follow their T&Cs
  • A 10-minute grace period was not given

A private parking firm can give you a fine on the spot. They follow this up 28 days later. However, you could be sent the ticket by post within 14 days without being given a ticket on the spot.

Group Nexus must treat you fairly when you get a parking fine and must allow you the right to appeal a ticket!

What happens if I don’t pay a PCN?

Group Nexus could take you to court for non-payment of the parking fine. First, you’ll probably receive many letters reminding you of the charge. They could include late fees and other charges. Next, the company could:

  • Threaten legal action
  • Get a debt collection agency involved

If you are not going to appeal the fine, I suggest you pay it before things get to this stage. You’ll avoid a stressful situation getting even worse by paying the fine. Plus, don’t ignore the fine or the correspondence you receive. The problem will not go away when you do.

You could end up with bailiffs contacting you when you ignore things!

Lastly,

Group Nexus must follow guidelines as they are a member of BPA. If you believe you have grounds to appeal a fine, you have the right to do so by taking your case to POPLA.

Thanks for reading my post on Group Nexus parking charges. I hope you found the info I provided helpful and that you now know whether to pay or appeal the fine!

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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