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Highview Parking – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

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Have you been stung by a Highview Parking or GroupNexus Parking Charge Notice? Don’t reach for your wallet or purse straight away. There are some things you have to know before you start to deal with these parking tickets. 

Discover all your options to fight back against Highview Parking Ltd 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.

Who is Highview Parking Ltd?

Highview Parking is now part of GroupNexus, a company providing a wide range of services to private car park owners. Their services can be used to make a car park operational, such as providing payment machines and attendants. 

And they provide services to identify motorists who are guilty of parking contraventions. They will then send these motorists a Parking Charge Notice. 

What is a Highview Parking PCN?

A Highview Parking PCN stands for Parking Charge Notice, which is a type of charge served to motorists deemed to have broken the terms of parking on private land, such as not paying. 

If a Highview parking attendant or CCTV camera notices you break the terms of the car park, they can hand you a Parking Charge Notice or send it to you in the post, after getting your address from the DVLA. 

However, a Parking Charge Notice is not a genuine type of fine, unlike a Penalty Charge Notice which is issued for parking contraventions on public land by councils. Parking Charge Notices use the same initials (PCN) to trick people into thinking these are real fines. 

Does this mean you won’t have to pay? Not exactly. Read on to learn more. 

How much is a Highview Parking fine?

UK law has reduced the cap on private parking fines from £100 to £50 in England and Wales. London is the only exception where Parking Charge Notices can be issued for slightly more than £50. But all companies issuing motorists with a Parking Charge Notice must provide a 40% discount for paying within 14 days – at least!

How do I contact Highview Parking?

The Highview Parking contact number is 0333 939 0106. However, as the company has merged with groupNexus, you may want to contact them on 020 7431 4001

Can I ignore Highview Parking?

If you ignore Highview Parking, there is a slim chance that they will stop pursuing the payment and you won’t have to pay. It’s more likely that they’ll pester you for the money and could even take legal action against you to make you pay. 

Don’t worry, here’s what to do!

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It’s always best to find out about all your options from a professional before you take action.

Fill out the 5 step form to get started. 

What happens if you ignore a Highview Parking fine?

When you ignore a Highview Parking PCN, the company will send reminders and eventually send a Letter Before Action (LBA). This is a letter that suggests if you don’t pay then the company will take you to court, which will incur more fees. 

Although companies are not allowed to make unsubstantiated threats, they could be trying to scare you into paying. On the other hand, they could really take you to court. This is why it’s not so wise to ignore a Parking Charge Notice even though it’s not a real penalty or real fine.

But before you decide to pay… 

Can I appeal against Highview Parking Ltd?

Instead of paying or ignoring the Highview Parking PCN, you can always appeal against it if you have a genuine reason you think it shouldn’t have been issued. You must make your appeal by the deadline given, and you should never pay before making the appeal. 

Anyone who pays first is judged to have accepted liability and the appeal will be thrown out. 

Highview Parking appeal process

The first step in the appeals process is to submit a formal appeal to Highview Parking – or GroupNexus. Unless told otherwise, the latter provides an option to make an appeal online. You’ll need to submit the reasons you want the parking ticket cancelled along with evidence to support the appeal. 

The company will look at your appeal and decide to accept or reject it. They’ll notify you of their decision in writing and explain what to do next if your appeal is rejected. This stage of the process can take up to 35 days. 

Highview Parking appeal rejected

When Highview Parking or GroupNexus rejects your appeal, you can escalate the appeal to Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA). This is because the company is a member of the British Parking Association (BPA) and all escalated appeals against its members must be sent to POPLA. 

POPLA is an independent service and will make the final decision. If they accept your appeal you won’t have to pay anything. But if they reject the appeal you’ll need to pay and won’t be able to access the discounted rate anymore. 

Highview Parking – appeal or pay?

Even though appealing the parking ticket is free, you should only do so if you are being honest with a good reason to appeal. Also, consider how strong your appeal evidence is. Otherwise, it would be financially advantageous to pay the reduced rate within the first 14 days.

Thus, the decision to appeal or pay should be based on individual circumstances. 

Related FAQs

What happens if you overstay in a Tesco car park?
Overstaying in a Tesco car park can result in a Parking Charge Notice from Highview Parking Ltd. The company is known to work in partnership with Tesco to crack down on people abusing their car parking terms.
Can you park at Lidl Park?

You can park in Lidl car parks for free as long as you are visiting Lidl and only stay for the duration allowed. Overstaying or using the car park and going elsewhere could result in a Parking Charge Notice. 

Highview Parking is known to work with Lidl and could serve a Parking Charge Notice to motorists who breach the terms of parking in Lidl car parks. 

Where can I get more information about parking fines?
More help dealing with private parking tickers and council parking fines is available for free on MoneyNerd. Check back with us soon for further guidance!

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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