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Park With Ease – Should You Pay or Appeal? 2022

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What is a Park With Ease fine and should you pay? We look at all your options after being hit with a Park With Ease parking fine, including the option to appeal. Uncover your rights and fight back against Park With Ease the right way. 

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 Park With Ease?

Park With Ease is a car park management company that is responsible for serving and chasing private parking tickets. They are a legitimate company, although they do have an elementary website with limited information. 

There is no Park With Ease contact number listed on their website, but they do have a web contact form you can use if you have any questions. 

Park With Ease parking fines

As mentioned, Park With Ease will issue parking fines to motorists who overstay or don’t pay for parking in the car parks they operate. These car parks may be attached to universities, hospitals, shopping centres and supermarkets. 

The official name of these fines is a Parking Charge Notice, not to be mixed up with a Penalty Charge Notice that is sent by local councils. 

Many people receive these fines when they don’t believe they should have to pay. Take a look at this Facebook review post on the company’s official Facebook page as an example:

“Couldn’t pay on the day (wasn’t the only one) as the machine was broken but they’re not willing to accept that.  The letter turned up a week after dated. Rude response to queries. Treating us as if we are criminals.”

  • Justin (Facebook review)

How much is a Park With Ease parking fine?

A Park With Ease parking fine will cost £50 outside of London and £80 within London. Their parking fines used to be more expensive, but new laws in 2022 have reduced the maximum amount you can be fined. 

On top of this lower amount, Park With Ease must offer you a 40% discount for paying within the first 14 days. This means a Park With Ease parking fine will cost £30 outside of London and £48 inside of London for those who are willing to pay quickly. 

Do you have to pay a Park With Ease PCN?

Even though a Parking Charge Notice isn’t considered a real fine, you may want to consider paying it. These invoices from Park With Ease can become legally enforceable if they take you to court and a judge orders you to pay. It’s likely that a judge will rule in Park With Ease’s favour if they have maintained their car park (signage etc.) as required. 

It’s true that some people don’t pay and get away with it. But this is a risk you probably don’t want to take. 

Can Park With ease take you to court?

Park With Ease could take you to court if you refuse to pay the Parking Charge Notice. They will threaten litigation or pass the debt on to a debt collection agency, which may also threaten legal action.

Sometimes legal action is in their plans, and at other times, these threats are designed to make you worried enough that you’ll pay. The main problem is that you can never be sure of when they mean it and when they’re bluffing. So it’s best to assume you’ll be taken to court. 

Can you appeal a Park With Ease PCN?

Instead of paying or ignoring the fine and risking court action, you can always appeal against the PCN. Appeals must be made by the deadline, which is usually 28 days after the supposed parking contravention occurred. Any appeal lodged after the deadline doesn’t have to be accepted by Park With Ease. 

The Park With Ease appeals process

You must make an appeal in writing. The appeal should state your arguments against the parking ticket and it must include evidence, such as a photograph or a video. You can submit more creative evidence when suitable. 

Park With Ease will then write or email you to inform you of their decision. If they accept the appeal the parking fine will be cancelled and you won’t need to pay. 

Should you pay or appeal a Park With Ease fine?

If you have a good reason to appeal with strong evidence, there is no reason not to appeal. But you should also consider that you will lose the discounted fine rate by appealing. For this reason, motorists may prefer to pay the reduced fine than make a weak appeal. It all comes down to your preferences and the facts around your parking ticket. 

Park With Ease appeal rejection – next steps

Park With Ease may reject your application, which is what happened to Rachel:

“I parked in the Malt Kiln car park on the 26th January, on returning to my car the machine was not working so I was unable to make a payment. It was pitch black absolutely no lighting in the car park at all, I had my daughter with me and it was raining. So I took a photo of the machine, in case I had any problems.

Well sure enough a parking fine arrived on the 10th Feb, I sent an appeal showing the photo of the machine etc explaining I couldn’t make payment. They refused my appeal and told me there were signs explaining how to pay online.”

  • Rachel Brown (Facebook post)

It’s not uncommon for private parking operators to reject appeals even when the payment machine is broken. Keep this in mind when appealing. You’re more likely to win an appeal due to medical emergencies or mechanical problems than an error with their payment machine. 

But if you think this isn’t fair, you can escalate the appeal to an independent tribunal. Park With Ease should provide information on how to do this when they reject your first 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.

Private parking ticket FAQs

The most common parking ticket FAQs have been answered on our featured guide available to read for free here. Take a look if you’re currently locking horns with Park With Ease. it might just help you appeal or fight back more effectively.

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