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Morrisons Parking Fine – Do I have to Pay? 2022

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Did a recent trip for your bread and milk get a whole lot more expensive than you expected? Believe it or not, but you can get a Morrisons parking fine despite Morrisons car parks being free to use. 

So, how does a Morrisons parking fine come about, and do you really have to pay? Learn more with MoneyNerd! 

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.

How does Morrisons parking work?

Morrisons offers free parking at all of their UK stores for a limited duration. You’ll be allowed to park at the store car park for free as long as you’re using the car park to shop at Morrisons. You cannot use the free car parking and go to another store.

How long can you park at Morrisons?

The length of time you can park at Morrisons varies between store locations. Most stores will allow you to use the Morrisons car park for free for up to two or three hours. You should check the time limit at the Morrisons store you attend. But as mentioned, you must be parking at Morrisons to shop there.

Can you get a parking ticket at Morrisons?

You can get a parking ticket in a Morrisons car park if you use the car park but don’t shop at Morrisons. Moreover, you can get a Morrisons parking fine for overstaying the time limit.

Morrisons doesn’t issue these parking tickets themselves. They use the services of car park management companies to monitor and service their car parks. It is these companies that will issue parking tickets on behalf of Morrisons.

They may use different car park management companies at their different locations. However, there are lots of online forum posts from people who have received a Morrisons parking fine, stating they received it from either Euro Car Parks or ParkingEye. See below:

“I have recently received an invoice off Euro Car Parks for staying over the proposed time at Morrisons, I knew I would more than likely get a ticket as on this day, I had lost my car key.”

  • Melsey (Money Saving Expert Forum)

​​”ParkingEye have stung a family member for overstaying. I believe the limit is 3hrs, the letter states 3hrs 39mins. Photo of the vehicle with timestamps included in the letter. Payment is £50 within 14 days or £85 thereafter. A purchase was made from Morrisons on the day. Is there any leg to stand on?”

  • Jam1991 (Money Saving Expert Forum)

The official name of a Morrisons parking fine is a Parking Charge Notice. 

Parking Charge Notices explained

Parking Charge Notices are private parking fines, as opposed to council parking fines. However, only one of these types of parking fines is classed as a real fine – and it’s not the private ones!

A Parking Charge Notice is more like an invoice you receive from a business from a service. By using the Morrisons car park but not keeping to the terms and conditions of using the car park, you’re sent an invoice from the car park operator. 

You could be sent the Parking Charge Notice on your vehicle windshield. But it’s more likely that the offence will be seen on specialist CCTV that tracks number plates, and then the fine will be sent to the registered vehicle owner in the post. 

The car park operator is legally allowed to issue these invoices, but does that mean you have to pay? Keep reading this guide to find out! 

Can I talk to Morrisons about the parking charge?

Morrisons tell customers who want to discuss a Parking Charge Notice to call 0345611 6111 or to use this contact form

You may not want to delay dealing with the fine, especially when there is a time limit to appeal. And you can pay a reduced fine amount if you pay within the first two weeks!

Do you have to pay a Morrisons parking fine?

If you have not kept to the terms and conditions of using a Morissons car park, the car park operator is allowed to send you the invoice. If you don’t pay, the company could take legal action to enforce the invoice and make you pay. 

Alternatively, they could outsource the collection process to a debt collection agency. These companies don’t have additional legal powers to collect the debt and they’re NOT bailiffs. 

So you do run the risk of being taken to court if you don’t pay. But the fine isn’t enforced until a judge asks you to pay. There is one alternative option, which doesn’t involve ignoring or paying the Parking Charge Notice.

Consider appealing your Morrisons parking fine

You can appeal a Morrisons car park fine by lodging an appeal to the car park operator that issued it. You’ll need to make your appeal within 28 days and it must be in writing, either by letter or using the firm’s online services. 

Best excuses to appeal a Morrisons car park fine

The best excuses to appeal a Morrisons car park are those that are legitimate with good evidence to back them up. Of course, the best excuse possible is that the car park operator has made a mistake, such as stating you never shopped at Morrisons when you have a receipt to prove you did. 

Other excuses that could get your ticket cancelled include:

  1. You broke down
  2. You were involved in a medical emergency
  3. You were within the grace period (see below!)

Is there a grace period for parking tickets (UK)?

New laws are coming into effect that state private parking firms must give drivers a ten-minute grace period to get to their vehicle and leave their car park. If you were served a Morrisons car park within this grace period, you could use this as an excuse to appeal and not pay.

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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