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National Parking Enforcement – Should You Pay or Appeal? 2022

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Has a National Parking Enforcement Parking Charge Notice landed in the post? If you’re the unlucky recipient of one of these parking tickets, you’re probably unsure of what to do next. But before you reach for your bank card to pay, there are things you need to know. 

Learn all your options after receiving a Parking Charge Notice from National Parking Enforcement Ltd. 

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.

What is National Parking Enforcement Ltd?

National Parking Enforcement Ltd is a company that provides private car park management and security services, often with the use of CCTV and number plate recognition technology. They have a number of clients and could be operational at the private car park you decide to use.

National Parking Enforcement Parking Charge Notice

As part of their services, National Parking Enforcement can issue motorists with Parking Charge Notices. These are a type of fine for breaching the rules when parking in a private car park. For example, you could be served a Parking Charge Notice for not paying or overstaying the amount of time you paid to park. 

A Parking Charge Notice is not enforceable at first, and it’s not the same as a Penalty Charge Notice you can get from a local authority. You can consider these “fines” more like a business invoice. But does that mean you won’t have to pay? Read on to find out. 

How much does a National Parking Enforcement fine cost?

Since 2022, the maximum amount a company can charge using a Parking Charge Notice is £50 outside of London. The amount can be slightly more inside of London. But National Parking Enforcement must offer you at least a 40% discount on the Parking Charge Notice if you agree to pay within 14 days.

So, if you received a Parking Charge Notice for £50, you should be offered a minimum of a £20 discount (40%) if you pay within two weeks. 

Do I have to pay National Parking Enforcement?

National Parking Enforcement has a right to issue a Parking Charge Notice for contractual parking breaches on privately-owned land. Thus, you should pay the fine if you were in the wrong and have no excuses for the supposed parking contravention. 

However, you can appeal the Parking Charge Notice instead of paying it if you have a genuine reason why the parking ticket is unfair. We discuss the appeals process and what to do shortly. 

What happens if I don’t pay National Parking Enforcement?

If you don’t pay the National Parking Enforcement parking ticket they will send payment reminders and even increase the amount owed with late fees and charges. Lastly, they could threaten legal action. 

National Parking Enforcement letter before claim

A National Parking Enforcement letter before claim (LBC) is a letter to encourage you to pay or expect court action. The company can take you to court and ask a judge to issue an instruction for you to pay, which could increase the money owed due to court fees. Ignoring a judge’s order could then result in the use of bailiffs. 

National Parking Enforcement is only supposed to suggest that court action will be taken if they genuinely will take legal action. In other words, they cannot make empty threats. But often these types of companies do make empty threats despite sending an LBC. It could be incorrectly used as a scare tactic. 

National Parking Enforcement Ltd appeal process

As mentioned earlier, you can appeal a National Parking Enforcement Parking Charge Notice. You’ll need to lodge your appeal by the deadline. You should not pay and then appeal because paying is seen as admitting liability. 

Your appeal must be made in writing and clearly explain your reason(s) against the parking ticket and any evidence. If you can add relevant photos or videos you’ll have a stronger appeal and a better chance of getting the ticket overturned. 

National Parking Enforcement will respond to the appeal in writing within 28 days. 

National Parking Enforcement appeal rejected – next step!

When National Parking Enforcement inform you that your appeal has been rejected, they must also provide information on how to escalate the appeal. As a member of an Accredited Trade Association (ATA), you can send your appeal to the Independent Appeals Service (IAS)

This is a free service that will decide whether National Parking Enforcement was right or wrong to reject your appeal. The IAS can overrule National parking Enforcement if they side with your arguments, which will mean you won’t have to pay. 

National Parking Enforcement – appeal or pay?

Should you pay or appeal against National Parking Enforcement? Even though appealing is free, this decision is made more difficult because of the 40% (minimum) Parking Charge Notice reduction if you pay within the first 14 days. 

If you haven’t got a good excuse to appeal then taking advantage of the reduced fee might be a good option. But if you’re confident in the strength of your appeal it could be better to proceed with the appeal.

But how do you know whether you have a good reason to appeal?

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.

Good excuses against parking tickets

As part of new rules, private car park operators must give motorists a grace period to get to their vehicle and exit the car park. If you are given a Parking Charge Notice within the grace period, you should be able to get it overturned. 

There are other good excuses to fight back against Parking Charge Notices, including:

  1. The payment machine wasn’t working
  2. Poor or unclear signage  
  3. You broke down

Uncover more of the best reasons to appeal a parking ticket here!

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