LCP Parking Ticket – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Law

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You could appeal an LCP parking ticket when you believe it’s unjust. Provided you can prove it. Mistakes do happen with ANPR getting it wrong from time to time.

This post explains how to appeal or pay an LCP parking ticket. Moreover, I offer advice on what happens when you ignore a fine you get on private land. Read on to find out more.

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 LCP Parking?

London Car Parks (LCP) manage sites owned by private landowners. The operator provides parking solutions that range from Pay and Display to multi-story car parks. They also use Automatic Number Plate Recognition to identify parking violations.

They manage car parks in the London area for various clients, which include retail parks, shopping centres, supermarkets, rail stations, and airports, to name but a few.

LCP is a British Parking Association (BPA) member and part of the Approved Operator Scheme (AOS). As such, the operator should follow the BPA Code of Practice when issuing fines for parking infringements.

Why would LCP give me a parking ticket?

When you commit a minor parking infringement on private land, an operator is authorised by the landowner to issue a fine. You could receive the parking fine in the mail, or it could be left on your windscreen.

An LCP parking fine is an invoice they give you because you allegedly didn’t abide by the T&Cs of using a car park. For example, the rules must be well signposted at a car park entrance.

You could be issued a parking fine for the following reasons:

  • You didn’t pay to use the car park
  • Your car was badly parked
  • You left your car in a bay that’s designated for families with young children or the disabled
  • You returned to your car well passed your allotted time

Will I have to pay an LCP parking ticket?

A parking ticket issued by a private company is an invoice. Unlike a penalty charge notice from the police or council, it’s not covered by the law. However, it is covered by Contractual Law.

In short, when you break the Terms and Conditions when parking on private land, the operator notifies you by issuing a parking fine. It’s an invoice for a breach of contract.

Plus, it’s a civil matter. So, if the operator wants to chase you for the money, they must do so through the courts. When a court rules you have to pay, you’ll have no choice but to pay!

Can you ignore private parking tickets? SNIPPET

No. Never ignore a parking charge notice. But don’t automatically pay it either. Not without checking it was correctly issued. LCP will chase you for the payment and send your details to a debt collector (although, according to their listing on BPA, they don’t use debt collection agencies).

Could LCP take me to court for an unpaid parking ticket?

First, you’ll get payment reminders. Then LCP could instruct a debt collection agency to chase you. Finally, you’ll be sent a Letter Before Action (LBA) either from the operator or the debt collector.

The operator could begin legal proceedings to recoup the debt when the amount remains unpaid. At this stage, you may have to attend court. If the ruling favours LCP, you’ll have to pay the fine!

I recommend you prevent things from getting this far by appealing the fine or paying it, so you pay a lower amount.

How do I pay an LCP parking ticket?

Before paying an LCP parking ticket, check that it was issued correctly. Don’t pay it only to discover you want to file an appeal. You lose the right to appeal a parking fine on private land once you pay it.

As such, I suggest you check the following before dishing out any money:

  • Was the ticket issued before 10 minutes was up? You should be given a 10-minute grace period when returning to your car
  • Are the details on the parking charge notice correct?
  • Was the ticket sent to you within 14 days of the alleged parking infringement?

Note: You have 28 days to pay the fine in full. But if you pay within 14 days, you pay a reduced amount!

Can I appeal an LCP parking ticket?

Yes, you can and you should. Especially if you think it’s wrong or unfair! But you must file an appeal within 28 days of receiving it.

You can’t appeal online, though. Instead, you have to send the appeal in writing or by email.

Like this, you have a record of every communication you have with LCP regarding an appeal. Plus, you’ll have to provide the following information:

  • The parking ticket reference number
  • Vehicle registration
  • Reasons why you are challenging the fine

Note: Filing an appeal against a parking charge notice stops the operator from taking the matter further. Until they reject your appeal, that is.

What happens if LCP rejects an appeal? H3

You can appeal to POPLA if the operator rejects an initial appeal. However, you can’t contact POPLA unless your appeal to LCP has been rejected.

What would happen if I wasn’t the driver when the LCP ticket was issued?

You must tell the operator who was driving when the parking charge notice was issued. Otherwise, you’ll be liable if you are the registered keeper. If the driver refuses to pay the fine, you’ll have to pay it to avoid further action.

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.


Lastly, LCP parking ticket. Should you pay or appeal?

You have the right to appeal an LCP parking ticket when you think it’s wrongly issued. Or because the operator failed to follow BPA guidelines.

That said, if the fine is issued correctly according to the Code of Practice, you may have to pay it. In which case, I recommend you pay the fine within 2 weeks to pay the lesser amount!

Thanks for reading this article on whether it’s worth appealing or paying an LCP parking ticket. I hope it helps you decide whether challenging the fine is a good idea or not.