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IPC Parking Fine – Appeal or Pay? 2022

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Did you get an IPC parking fine? Be careful because the IPC doesn’t issue fines. In short, it could be a fake Parking Charge Notice. 

I explain the role of the IPC and how they deal with appeals when motorists challenge fines on private land. You’ll also find information on dealing with a fake Parking Charge Notice. To find out more, read on! 

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.

Who is the IPC?

The International Parking Community or IPC is an Accredited Trade Association (ATA) representing the private and public sectors. It does NOT issue parking fines but will deal with an appeal against one!

It is an alternative to the British Parking Association which also oversees private companies that manage sites for landowners.

The IPC manages the Independent Appeals Service (IAS), which deals with motorists who challenge the fines they get. However, an operator must be a member of the IPC’s Accredited Operator’s Scheme (AOS) to deal with appeals. There is also a code of practice that all members must abide by.

Note: The Chartered Trading Standards Institute oversees the IPCs appeal service.

What does IPC stand for parking?

The IPC stands for the International Parking Community and is an Accredited Trade Association (ATA). It represents parking management operators in the private and public sectors.

What Is The Difference Between a fine on private land and a fine on public land?

A fine on private land differs from a fine on public areas and roads. A Parking Charge Notice is based on contract law. An operator issues one because they deem a motorist did not respect the T&Cs of using their car park. In short, it’s an invoice not a fine.

Enforcing private parking fines differs from the law that governs Penalty Charge Notices.

Note: An operator is authorised to issue fines on behalf of the landowners.

The IPCs Appeals Service

Since the IPC was set up in 2015, its Independent Appeals Service has drawn a lot of criticism. Futhermore, the way it operates is more opaque than the British Parking Association’s scheme.

Should I Appeal Against A Parking Charge?

Suppose the parking fine is genuine and issued by a reputable operator and ATA member. In that case, they should have an appeals process. ATA members must let you know about their internal appeal procedures when they issue a ticket. They must also let you know about independent appeals procedures.

When an internal appeal is complete, motorists not happy with the outcome can approach the Independent Appeals Service (IAS).

Note: The IAS doesn’t accept grounds to appeal that don’t affect a fine’s lawfulness because of things like mitigating circumstances.

Although the IAS is managed by the IPC. It doesn’t make decisions on appeals. These are made by independent practising lawyers.

How do I complain about an operator to the IPC?

The IPC will deal with complaints against its members, providing you have filed an official complaint with the operator first.

You can refer the issue to the IPC if an operator breaches the Code of Practice. So, for example, providing they’re IPC members, and they did not deal with a complaint appropriately. 

You can file a complaint with the IPC about an operator online. They should launch an investigation into the matter.

Note: The IPC does not accept or deal with individual parking charge complaints.

Is the parking charge fake?

The IPC does not issue parking fines! So if you get one that states it’s from the IPC, it’s a fake.

There’s been a spate of emails sent to people demanding money for parking violations. One claims to be from the HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS). Don’t click on the link because scammers just want to get their hands on your bank details!

Note: No private operator or government authority will ever send parking tickets out by email.

The parking ticket was left on my windscreen

A fake parking ticket could be left on your windscreen. The tickets look genuine, but they are fake! If the information says it’s from the IPC, contact the IPC directly. 

Do NOT contact any details on the ticket.

I wasn’t the driver of the vehicle. What should I do?

Don’t automatically think a parking fine that claims to be from the IPC is genuine. Even if you weren’t the driver of the vehicle at the time. Contact the IPC and let them know about the ticket before doing anything!

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I got the ticket over 14 days after I used the car park. Is it valid?

First, make sure the Parking Charge Notice is legitimate. Then check the date it was issued. Remember, the IPC does not issue parking fines, but when they are correctly issued by an operator, they must abide by the 14-day timeline.

Note: The 14-day timeline only applies to private operators who include the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 on their parking tickets. Also, the legislation in schedule 4 of the Act only applies to England and Wales.

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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IPC Parking Fine pay or appeal?

To recap, the IPC does NOT issue Parking Charge Notices. Although not as transparent, it is an alternative to the British Park Association (BPA). Therefore, if the parking fine claims to be from the IPC, it’s a fake.

Contact the authorities and the IPC and give them all the details on the ticket. They should launch an investigation. Even if you believe the fine is fake, don’t ignore it. Just in case it’s genuine and you made a mistake!

Note: Never ignore a Parking Charge Notice. Always check who issued it but don’t use the contact details on the ticket. Instead, contact the operator directly by going online!

Many thanks for reading my post on IPC parking fines. Before you do anything, make sure the ticket is genuine by contacting the IPC.

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