Parking Charge Limited – Pay or Appeal? 2022

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Has your day been ruined by a Parking Charge Limited fine coming through your letterbox? We discuss what these fines are and if you really have to cough up. Learn more about Parking Charge Ltd and their parking tickets 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 Parking Charge Limited?

Parking Charge Limited is a private car park operator that offers services to a business or landowner to help operate their car park. There are forum posts and news articles online suggesting they manage car parks connected to some train stations and universities. 

There is limited information on the services provided by Parking Charge Limited due to a website that only accepts parking fine payments and appeals. So what we do know is that one of their services is to serve motorists with parking fines. 

What is a Parking Charge Limited fine?

A Parking Charge Limited fine is a type of private parking ticket which is formally called a Parking Charge Notice. They will either leave these fines on the vehicle windshield or send them in the post. 

The company is a member of the British Parking Association (BPA), which allows them to use any offending motorists’ registration plates to retrieve the vehicle owner’s address and send the fine. They get this information from the DVLA. 

However, the DVLA only gives out the registered vehicle owner’s address, which might not be the driver as this forum user stresses:

“I have received a PCN from Parking Charge Limited. [I was parked at a] station car park but apparently [it’s] private land as no mention of Byelaw 14. “The driver is liable for a Parking charge etc..”. I was NOT the Driver but I am the keeper. […]”.

  • Jobijoba (Money Saving Expert Forum)

Private car park operators must fine the person who was driving the vehicle. However, the law states they can send the fine to the registered vehicle keeper when they don’t know the details of who was driving. 

Are private car parking fines enforceable in England?

Private car parking fines, namely Parking Charge Notices, are not considered real fines. They are comparable to an invoice from the company. However, the company can make these invoices enforceable if they take you to court and win.

They’ll usually win if they can prove you didn’t pay for the required parking, as long as their car park adheres to rules and regulations. 

How much is a Parking Charge Limited fine?

At the time of publication, private parking fines are capped at £100. But this is about to change with the cap set to be cut down to £50 in most locations and for most parking offences. The fine can be higher inside of London and for more serious parking contraventions. 

You should make sure Parking Charge Limited are fining you the correct amount and not making you overpay! 

Parking Charge Limited in the news!

Parking Charge Limited made the news in 2018 and suffered some negative publicity. People in Cambridgeshire were complaining about receiving private parking fines because they believed the company was trying to pass them off as Penalty Charge Notices, which are council parking fines – and REAL fines. 

It does appear that Parking Charge Notices are the chosen name to make them similar to Penalty Charge Notices, especially when they both get referred to as PCNs. Parking Charge Limited might be guilty of this, but it could be argued that all private car park operators are.

You can read the full news story by clicking here

Do you have to pay a Parking Charge Notice?

You may or may not have to pay a Parking Charge Notice. The company is allowed to send you these parking tickets and ask you to pay. When you use a private car park, you enter into an (unwritten) contractual agreement to pay for the service provided. And if you don’t pay the company can issue the fine, which we now know is really an invoice. 

If you refuse to pay, the company can make the invoice enforceable by taking you to court. They might make legal threats themselves, or they could outsource the process to a debt collection group. You can’t be sure whether litigation will really take place. And therefore you can’t be sure if the invoice will ever become enforced by a judge. 

The other option is to appeal the parking fine.

How to appeal a Parking Charge Ltd fine

You can appeal your fine within 28 days in writing or via the company’s website. You will need to state your reasons for wanting to appeal and may need to back it up with evidence, such as a statement or photo. 

Parking Charge Limited has up to 56 days to respond to your appeal. 

Should you pay or appeal?

You might think it’s always worth appealing even if your appeal isn’t so strong. But actually, that’s not the case. 

It can sometimes be more cost-effective to pay early than it is to appeal. And that’s because you’ll be offered at least a 40% discount for paying within the first 14 days. This discount won’t be available if you lodge an unsuccessful appeal.

So you should only appeal when you have a good argument which is backed up with evidence. 

What happens if the appeal gets rejected?

If the appeal gets rejected you can:

  1. Accept the rejection and pay the fine
  2. Escalate the appeal to POPLA

POPLA stands for Parking on Private Land Appeals and is a free service to look over private parking fine appeals. You must escalate within 28 days of your initial rejection. POPLA is independent of any parking operator so you can expect an unbiased outcome. 

Discover more about Parking Charge Notices

We’ve discussed Parking Charge Notices in further detail on our dedicated post. Take a digital jump over there now if you had a question that wasn’t answered above. It’s entirely free to read!

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.