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Parking Eye Court Summons? What to do next 2022

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Did you ignore a Parking Eye PCN and have now received a Parking Eye court summons? We explain your current position and your options to deal with court summons below. You need to read this first!

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 Parkingeye Limited?

Parkingeye Limited, also written as Parking Eye or ParkingEye, is a car park management company. They provide services to private landowners and businesses to operate their car parks and prevent car parking abuse by issuing parking fines called Parking Charge Notices (PCNs).

Parking Eye is a legitimate company that is a member of the British Parking Association (BPA) with a head office in Chorley, Lancashire. 

Parkingeye PCN

A Parking Eye PCN is a private parking ticket issued to a motorist for:

  1. Not paying for parking
  2. Overstaying the time limit they paid to park
  3. Not parking correctly within the private car park

When you enter a private car park operated by Parking Eye, you should see signage that states using the car park means you agree to the terms and conditions of the car park. By not sticking to these conditions, Parking Eye is allowed to issue you with a Parking Charge Notice.

These tickets are currently capped at £100 but are due to be reduced to a maximum of £50 in most cases by 2023. But this isn’t the whole story…read on! 

Do I legally have to pay Parking Eye fines?

Parking Eye is legally allowed to issue motorists with a Parking Charge Notice when they believe someone hasn’t paid to park. The fine must be reduced if the motorist pays within 14 days and they must allow the driver to appeal within 28 days if desired.

This is where it gets a bit complicated. Parking Eye fines and any other Parking Charge Notice isn’t a real fine. They’re really just invoices for the service you agreed to by entering the car park.

You don’t legally have to pay the Parking Eye invoice until a court orders you to do so. So what happens if you ignore Parking Eye?

What happens if you don’t pay Parking Eye?

If you don’t pay Parking Eye within 28 days you’re likely to receive further payment requests and late fees added to the invoice. This may be chased by Parking Eye themselves or they could ask a debt collection agency to do the chasing for them. 

If you continue to ignore Parking Eye it’s likely that they will send you a letter before action, which is a letter asking you to pay or potentially face court action. If Parking Eye did take you to court and win, you would have to pay the invoice. 

Do ParkingEye take people to court?

Parking Eye may or may not take you to court. Sometimes they threaten court action as a tactic to scare people and make them pay the invoice. But they could also really mean it and you could be taken to court. 

Some people take the risk and ignore Parking Eye after reading success stories online. Others don’t want to take the risk of court action and pay it off. 

Parking Eye court summons

When Parking Eye weren’t bluffing, you’ll receive a court summons. Just like this person’s family member did:

“Around a year ago, a few people I knew got parking tickets from Parking Eye and ignored them, and never heard back. But a few months ago, a family member received one, ignored it like others have and then got sent a Northamptonshire Court Summons letter from Parking Eye. The ticket was from over staying in a car park in Cambridge.”

  • 7ewis (Money Saving Expert Forum)

Have you received Parking Eye court summons?

A Parking Eye court summons is exactly how it sounds. It’s a summons to attend a court hearing where Parking Eye will ask the judge to make you pay. 

You can either defend yourself (with or without legal services) or you might not defend yourself and Parking Eye will win an automatic judgment for you to pay, namely a County Court Judgment. 

You may still have the option to avoid court action by contacting Parking Eye and paying the fine. Allowing the matter to escalate to court and losing the case will result in further expenses. 

You can also go up against Parking Eye in court by stating reasons why you think you shouldn’t have to pay. For example, you might state that the car park signage didn’t conform to legal standards. You might need a solicitor that specialises in private parking cases to help you win your case – if at all possible. 

Can Parking Eye remove a CCJ?

Only a court can set aside a County Court Judgment (CCJ) but it can be encouraged if the claimant agrees that the CCJ should be set aside. 

The best way to get a CCJ set aside is to pay off the debt in full to Parking Eye. They will be more willing to consent to the CCJ being set aside once they have their money. 

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.

GET STARTED

What happens after court action?

If you defend yourself in court, you will either win or lose the case.

If you win the case a judge will tell you that you don’t have to pay the Parking Charge Notice. And if you lose the case you’ll be ordered to pay Parking Eye. 

If you’re told to pay PArking Eye but don’t, they could then ask the courts to use debt enforcement action. Once approved, they could use various methods to enforce payment, including the use of bailiffs. 

There are Parking Eye court cases that have escalated to the use of bailiffs. But hopefully, you can resolve the matter before it gets to this, as bailiff fees are expensive for you.

Want to ask another parking ticket question?

Read our comprehensive private parking ticket hub to learn more and read answers to other common PCN questions.

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