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GXS Services Ltd – Should I Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

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Do you have to pay a parking ticket from GXS Services Ltd? We’ve answered this question in detail and covered some of the other most asked questions. If you’ve recently received a Parking Charge Notice from GXS Services, you’ll want to know this! 

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 with 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 GXS Services Ltd?

GXS Services Limited is a Worthing-based company that provides services to private businesses hoping to deter car parking abuse within their car parks. The services can stop people from using private car parks without paying and punish those that do.

Most of GXS Services Ltd’s services are free to the client, but GXS Services makes money by issuing private parking fines. The company is completely legitimate and it’s a member of the International Parking Community (IPC).

What is a GXS Services parking fine?

A GXS Services parking fine is a Parking Charge Notice, also called a private parking fine. As the name suggests, they are fines handed out to drivers who don’t pay to park, overstay or park incorrectly. Although, as we will discuss later, they’re not considered real fines. 

The Parking Charge Notice can be left on the windshield of the vehicle or it can be sent to the vehicle owner in the post. They can ask the DVLA for the vehicle owner’s address due to their membership with the IPC. 

The current cost of a GXS Services parking fine is £100 with a compulsory 40% discount for drivers who pay within two weeks. But the law is changing and the most GXS Services will be able to charge from some point in 2023 will be £50 (most of the time). 

GXS Services Ltd reviews

GXS Services Ltd has a handful of negative online reviews. This isn’t out of the ordinary as many people become angry at receiving the parking ticket and make this known online. Here are two examples:

“This company is charging a £100 fine if you park at Riverside Business Park by the river. It makes a cheap McDonald’s a pretty expensive experience. It’s a shocking example of private car park operators profiteering [from] the public.”

  • Cris Spalding (Google review)

“A total joke of a company, clutching at straws for their annual turnover of circa £30k. Gave me a parking fine for not parking perfectly within the bay on a completely empty car park at Shoreham beach. They are clearly exceptionally busy people, with very exciting lives.”

  • Liam Hackett (Google review)

Who has to pay GXS Services Ltd?

GXS Services Ltd must ask the person driving the vehicle to pay the money. However, the law states they can ask the vehicle owner to pay if they don’t know the address of the person driving. 

Because most parking contraventions are now caught on car park CCTV, it’s unlikely that GXS Services will know the driver’s address so will send the parking fine to the vehicle owner instead. 

The vehicle owner should have an opportunity to tell the car park operator that someone else was driving – if they desire. 

Do you have to pay GXS Services Ltd?

Parking Charge Notices can only be enforced after the car park operator takes legal action, which means you don’t have to pay GXS Services until a judge tells you to pay. This is because private parking tickets aren’t viewed as real fines, but more like an invoice. 

So, your next question is probably… will GXS Services Limited take you to court?

Will GXS Services Ltd take you to court?

We cannot state whether you’ll be taken to court by GXS Services for not paying a private parking fine. Sometimes these types of companies do take legal action, and others don’t. 

The company is likely to threaten court action in either case. They could use the threat of litigation to make you worried, which would subsequently force your hand to pay. They could do this with a Letter Before Action or by getting a debt collection agency involved to make these threats. 

If you’re never taken to court you’ll be able to not pay and get away with it. But this is a risk. 

How to appeal a GXS Services Parking Charge Notice

You can appeal a Parking Charge Notice within 28 days. The appeal is sent to the car park operator in writing. Sometimes this means you’ll have to write a letter, or you might have to upload a letter on the car park operator’s website.

To challenge a GXS Services PCN, you can do the latter. Visit this page with your vehicle reg number and your PCN number to begin an appeal. 

The appeal itself must include at least one reason you think the PCN isn’t fair. For example, you may argue that you only overstayed by fewer than ten minutes. Private parking fines cannot be issued until a grace period of 10 minutes has passed. You might also need to attach evidence.

What if GXS Services rejects your appeal?

GXS Services has up to 56 days to accept or reject the appeal. If your appeal is accepted or GXS Services fails to respond in time, you won’t need to pay. If they reject the appeal you can pay the fine or ask an independent panel to take a second look.

This independent panel is called the Independent Appeals Service (IAS) and it’s a free service to use. 

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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So, should you pay or appeal the parking ticket?

Only the circumstances around the alleged parking contravention and your supporting evidence should dictate whether to appeal the fine or not. Consider the potential strength of your appeal before making a decision. 

If you decide that paying is a better option, you should ensure you receive the discounted rate by paying within 14 days.

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