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Meteor PCN – Should I Pay or Appeal It? 2022

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If you parked at train station or airport recently and didn’t pay the correct amount, you might have received a Meteor PCN. This is a private parking fine, otherwise known as a Parking Charge Notice. Learn how to deal with a Meteor PCN and what can happen if you don’t, 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 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 Meteor Parking Limited?

Meteor Parking Limited is a car park management company. This means they provide services to businesses to help them operate their car park and deter car parking abuse, i.e. not paying for parking or overstaying. The latter is achieved by issuing drivers with parking fines. 

Meteor Parking used to own two websites, namely meteor-uk.com and meteor-pcn.com. However, both of these websites are no longer active at the time of writing this guide. 

The company started in 1993 and boasts the management of over 40,000 car parks during its lifespan. 

Who does Meteor provide services for?

Meteor provides car park management services for a wide variety of businesses, but they mainly provide these services at transport hubs, including the London Underground, airports and train stations. They have frequently operated airport parking and train station parking across the UK.

This is stated by various sources online and has also been confirmed by people receiving Parking Charge Notices (private parking tickets) from meteor at these locations. For example: 

“My partner received a PCN from Meteor for failing to buy a car parking ticket at Carshalton Railway Station on Saturday.”

  • NotYetDead (Consumer Action Group Forum)

“I sent the following email to Meteor when I received a PCN for parking in Brighton Main […]”

  • Lizzie575 (Pepipoo Online Forum)

Have you received a Meteor PCN?

You might have received a Meteor PCN after failing to pay for the correct amount of parking or for not parking in a designated bay. This Parking Charge Notice could be left on your vehicle by a car park attendant, or it can be sent to the registered vehicle keeper in the post. 

Meteor use cameras within the car parks they service. These cameras can identify people who have failed to pay the correct amount for their parking or those who haven’t parked correctly. Meteor can then use the registration plate to ask for the vehicle owner’s address from the DVLA and send the Meteor PCN. 

At the time of writing, the PCN can fine you up to £100, but if you’re reading this in 2023 or later, the most you can be fined in the majority of cases is £50. This is due to changes in the law, which come into effect at some point in 2023. 

Do you have to pay a Meteor PCN?

There isn’t a simple yes or no answer to this question. It’s a little more complicated than that.

Since a landmark court case between a motorist and another car park management company, it’s become apparent that private businesses are within their right to issue Parking Charge Notices when a driver uses a car park but doesn’t pay.

But unlike council parking fines, which are called the similar-sounding Penalty Charge Notices, a Parking Charge Notice isn’t considered a fine. Instead, they are considered invoices. 

The company sends you this invoice for receiving a service, i.e. parking services. You agree to this invoice by using the car park and not paying the correct amount, which should be stated on the signage in the car park. 

An invoice is enforceable if the private company takes you to court. So a court order could make you responsible to pay or face further and expensive action. 

What happens if you don’t pay a Meteor PCN?

If you don’t pay the Meteor PCN by the deadline – usually 28 days since the incident – then the company will start chasing you for payment and may even add fees. They could send you a Letter Before Action (LBA). This is a letter asking you to pay or to expect litigation. 

If you’re taken to court and don’t defend yourself or you lose, a judge will issue a court order for you to pay the PCN. And if you still refuse to pay, Meteor could employ bailiffs to get the money or take your assets and sell them. Bailiff fees are mighty expensive and they’ll be added to your debt if it goes this far.

But there is also a chance that Meteor won’t take you to court and therefore you’ll never be forced to pay. This is why you hear advice on online forums telling you to ignore the parking fine. But this is somewhat of a risk. 

Can you appeal the Parking Charge instead?

If you think the Meteor parking fine shouldn’t stand, you could always appeal the PCN. Specific instructions on how to appeal will be written on the PCN itself. You should appeal within 28 days and you should never pay before appealing. Paying means you accept guilt. 

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.

GET STARTED

Meteor PCN appeals process

To appeal a Meteor PCN you will need to put in writing why you want the parking fine cancelled and provide evidence to support your arguments. For example, you might argue that you were in an emergency and provide a doctor’s note to prove it. 

Meteor has two months to respond. If they accept you won’t have to pay. But if they reject the appeal you will either:

  1. Have to pay
  2. Take your appeal to the next stage where an independent panel will decide

Option two must be explained to you by Meteor. 

Should you pay or appeal the fine?

Consider appealing the fine if you have a truthful reason and supporting evidence. If you plan on paying, do so within the first 14 days because they must provide at least a 40% discount on the fine.

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