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Horizon Parking Fine Scotland – Pay or Ignore?

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· May 27th, 2024
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Horizon Parking Fine Scotland

Are you puzzled about a Horizon Parking fine in Scotland? Wondering whether to pay or appeal? You’ve come to the right place. Every month, more than 130,000 people visit our website seeking advice on fines and parking tickets, which makes sense, as over 19,000 parking fines are issued each day in the UK.1

In this easy-to-understand article, we’ll shed light on:

  •  The basics of Horizon Parking in Scotland.
  •  Whether you should pay Horizon Parking fines.
  •  How to appeal a Horizon Parking fine.
  •  When you might not have to pay a Horizon Parking fine.
  •  A case study of a parking fine from Horizon Parking .

Getting a private parking fine can make you feel concerned. But don’t worry; we’re here to help you make an informed decision about your Horizon Parking fine.

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In some circumstances, you might have a legitimate reason not to pay your parking fine.

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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.

Do I have to pay a parking fine from Horizon Parking?

You only have to pay a Horizon Parking fine if you’ve lost in court, but that doesn’t mean you should only pay after losing in court. 

If you decide to settle the fine and benefit from a reduced amount, there are Horizon Parking fine payment methods online.

Should I pay or ignore the fine?

Ignoring a Horizon Parking fine is risky.

In short, you could face Horizon Parking fine court proceedings Scotland.

On the one hand, if you don’t get taken to court you technically don’t have to pay. But if you do and subsequently lose, you will have to pay and could incur additional fees

There is one other option which is to appeal the charge.

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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What happens if I don’t pay the ticket?

You’re given 28 days to pay or appeal a Horizon Parking ticket in Scotland.

In short, you can raise a parking ticket dispute Scotland provided you don’t run out of time.

If you plan on paying, it’s worth doing so within the first 14 days. It means you get a discount on the fine, which could save you at least 40%

If you don’t pay within 28 days, you should expect Horizon Parking car park management to send you payment requests.

They could even ask a debt collection agency to chase you for the payment on their behalf. 

Horizon Parking or the debt collection agency will then send a letter before action, which is a letter giving you a final chance to clear the fine or expect a court summons.

These legal threats can be real or just a tactic to “encourage” you to pay. 

If you’re taken to court and lose or end up getting issued with a CCJ.

If you don’t pay, the operator could ask a judge to use enforcement action, such as a bailiff (enforcement officer).

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How to appeal a Horizon Parking fine in Scotland

You can appeal a Horizon Parking fine by following the process explained in the Parking Charge Notice.

You must do this within 28 days for it to be accepted.

The appeals process requires:

  • You to state a reason why the ticket shouldn’t have been issued
  • Provide evidence to support your appeal

Horizon Parking has up to 56 days to respond. If accepted you won’t have to pay anything, but if rejected you can:

  1. Accept the fine and pay
  2. Escalate the fine to an independent service

Your escalated appeal should be directed at POPLA.

POPLA parking appeals are free.

To summarize the appeal process better, here’s a table you can look at.

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.

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Reasons for appealing a parking charge

You could appeal a Horizon Parking Charge Notice if:

  • You parked correctly
  • The payment machine was out of order
  • The signage was unclear, and road markings were faded
  • You couldn’t get back to your vehicle for a genuine reason
  • The parking charge was issued before the ‘grace period’ was up

The private parking fines appeal process Scotland must be followed and you must respect the appeal deadline.

Horizon Parking contact details

I’ve listed ways to contact Horizon parking in the table below.

Website horizon parking.co.uk
Telephone 01245 392 289
Address Finitor House
2 Hanbury Road
Chelmsford
CM1 3AE

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References

  1. Sky News — Parking Tickets Statistics
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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.