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P4 Parking – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022

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P4 Parking is a private company with customers throughout England and Scotland. When you get a parking fine from the operator, you have the right to appeal it. However, you must show the ticket was incorrectly issued or that the amount is prohibitive!

To find out more, check out my post on when to appeal or pay a fine issued by P4 Parking in a private location!

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.

Who is P4 Parking?

P4 Parking has been operating as a private parking operator for over 15 years. The company provides parking solutions to England and Scotland’s commercial and private sectors.

Can they enforce a Parking Charge Notice?

If you don’t pay the fine and you don’t appeal it, the operator can chase you for the money. You’ll get threatening letters, and eventually, P4 Parking could take you to court.

If they win the case, a judge will issue a court order for you to pay. This is when a fine on private land becomes enforceable! A private parking operator cannot legally demand you pay without a court order to pay.

Is a Parking Charge Notice the same as a Penalty Charge Notice?

They are not the same as Penalty Charge Notices. They are not covered by UK law. In short, an operator raises an invoice when they give you a fine because you committed a parking violation.

On the other hand, a Penalty Charge Notice is issued by local authorities, the Police and Highways agencies. They are enforceable under the Road Traffic Act.

Although both parking tickets look similar, you should deal with them the same way! However, you should never ignore a fine on private land because things can get very expensive when you do!

Why could I get a fine on private land

You may get a fine from P4 Parking because you failed to follow the T&Cs of using a car park the operator manages. However, in recent times, private operators received a lot of bad press for giving out fines for minor violations!

Also, all British Parking Association members should follow the BPA code of practice. In short, P4 should manage a private car park fairly and only issue tickets to motorists who violate their rules!

Some of the most common reasons why P4 Parking could give you a ticket are:

  • You failed to display a ticket in your car window
  • You didn’t pay
  • You overstayed the allowed time
  • Your vehicle was poorly parked or in bays reserved for the disabled and families with children

How do I appeal a P4 Parking fine?

You can appeal a P4 Parking fine when you feel it was incorrectly given or because the operator did not follow the Code of Practice. However, you must appeal the fine within 28 days (sooner if possible!).

The operator deals with parking appeals via email using their appeals form. But you can also mail an appeal to P4 Parking. Either way, you must provide:

  • Parking ticket reference number
  • Vehicle registration mark
  • Your name and address
  • The name of the driver if different to your own
  • Supporting evidence

You should contest the fine if you:

  • Did not break any rules when using the car park
  • Received the parking ticket in the post over 14 days after using the car park
  • Could not clearly see car park signs and road markings
  • Found payment machine was out of order
  • Received a fine that was over £50 (the cap on fines is £50 out of London, but £80 in London)
  • Didn’t get back to your car for a good reason
  • Broke down and was waiting for assistance
  • Got back to your car 5 or 10 minutes after the allotted time
  • Received the fine in the post, but no signs stating there was surveillance in operation were in the car park

Although this is not an obligation, your appeal stands a better chance of success if you provide supporting evidence.

The kind of proof could be:

  • Photos of your vehicle and where it was parked, the ticket machine, signs and road markings, the parking fine you got etc
  • Messages and other correspondence you got from P4 Parking and your replies
  • Witness statements if there is anyone who can support your version of events
  • Receipts from the vehicle recovery firm if you had broken down and needed their services

P4 Parking is authorised to hand out fines, but mistakes can happen. Plus, an overzealous car park attendant may give you a penalty without giving you the grace period on returning to your car!

What is an acceptable grace period?

The British Parking Association’s guidelines state that members should allow you a 10-minute grace period on returning to your car. Therefore, an operator should not issue a ticket if you are 10 minutes or under late getting back to the car park.

If you got the parking ticket 5 minutes after your time ran out, you should contest the fine with the operator. Moreover, it costs nothing to appeal, and it stops the operator from taking the matter further. Until the appeal is resolved, that is!

What happens when an appeal is rejected?

You’ll be notified when an appeal is rejected. Plus, the operator must explain how to file an appeal with the Independent Appeals Service (IAS). POPLA is the service that deals with parking fine appeals.

If you lose both appeals, you could contact the Ombudsman Service. But you may have to just cut your losses and pay the fine. Moreover, you’ll have lost the chance to pay the reduced amount!

Will I get a CCJ for a parking charge fine?

No, not for the parking fine. But if the operator takes you to court and wins, you’ll have a CCJ on your credit record. This will negatively impact your ability to borrow in the future.

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.

P4 Parking fine – should you appeal or pay?

I recommend you check the following before paying a P4 Parking fine:

  • That the fine is correctly issued
  • The operator followed the BPA code of practice
  • That you were given a 10-minute grace period before the fine was issued

You have the right to appeal if you feel the fine is not justified or you were overcharged. However, the operator must investigate your appeal, plus it prevents them from pursuing the matter further.

Thanks for reading this post on P4 Parking fines. I hope you now understand your rights and the obligations of the operator.

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