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PO Box 1270 Warrington, WA4 9RL Debt Letter – Who Is It?

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· Apr 12th, 2024
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Did you get a letter from PO Box 1270 Warrington, WA4 9RL and you’re not sure what it means? This is an address commonly used by POPLA (Parking on Private Land Appeals). Every month, over 170,000 people visit our website looking for debt solutions and advice, so you’re not alone, and we’re here to help.

In this article, we’ll explain:

  • What POPLA is and who can use it.
  • What they could be contacting you about.
  • How you can increase your chances of success when appealing.
  • Your window to make a POPLA appeal.
  • How long you should expect your POPLA appeal to take.
  • What you can do if your POPLA appeal is rejected.

We know that being in debt can be very frustrating – especially when it’s due to a ticket you think you don’t deserve. The DVLA report that over 11 million parking tickets were issued last year, which is up by 29% year on year1, so the situation is clearly concerning.

Many of us have been in your shoes, so we understand what it feels like to receive a ticket you don’t deserve and have to go through the POPLA appeal process. But don’ worry; we’re here to help you get through this.

Let’s dive in!

56% of Ticket Appeals Succeed

In some circumstances, you might have a legitimate reason not to pay your fine.

It’s a bit sneaky, but the last time I needed legal advice, I paid £5 for a trial to chat with an online solicitor called JustAnswer.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor feeds, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

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In partnership with Just Answer. *According to Martin Lewis, 56% of people who try to appeal their ticket are successful and get the charge overturned, so it’s well worth a try.

What is POPLA?

Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA) is an independent service for UK motorists who want to appeal a private parking ticket, i.e. a Parking Charge Notice. It cannot be used to appeal against council parking tickets. 

Why Is POPLA Contacting You?

The most common reason for receiving a POPLA letter is to continue communication once an appeal has been started. Typically, you’ll contact POPLA first and then they’ll reply with a decision or another inquiry.

If you’ve received a letter from PO Box 1270 Warrington, WA4 9RL, they have likely decided on your appeal.

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Increasing Your Chances of Success When Appealing

Appealing a parking ticket with POPLA might sound simple, but there are many elements to a good appeal that you’ll want to keep in mind in order to increase your chances of success and get away without paying.

A good POPLA appeal is very detailed, painting the entire picture of the even, such as why you visited the car park in the first place. The best appeals are typically accompanied by compelling evidence.

Successful Appeal Case Study

Situation

Initial Fine £100
Additional Fees £171
Total Fine £271

The Appeal Process

Scott used JustAnswer, online legal service to enhance his appeal. The trial of this cost him just £5.

Total Fine £271
Cost of legal advice £5

JustAnswer helped Scott craft the best appeal possible and he was able to win his case.

Scott’s fine was cancelled and he only paid £5 for the legal help.

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*According to Martin Lewis, 56% of people who try to appeal their ticket are successful and get the charge overturned, so it’s well worth a try. In partnership with Just Answer.

POPLA Appeal Time Window

As with any other appeal process, there’s a specific time window you have to make a successful appeal with validity. Typically, the appeal must be made within 21 days after your initial appeal to the car parking operator has been rejected.

After this time has passed, you won’t be able to make a POPLA appeal. Assuming that, for whatever reason, you couldn’t escalate the appeal within that timeframe, in some instances, you can also pay a £15 fee to extend the window to up to one year with the Independent Appeals Service.

How Long Will the POPLA Appeal Take?

While the duration of a standard appeal can vary from case to case, it typically takes between six and eight weeks. In cases like these, where you’ve submitted the appeal by post, it can take a little longer to hear back from POPLA, especially if there are any Royal Mail delays.

You must be aware of the timeframes both POPLA and the car parking operator that issued the ticket have, as some operators can charge further fees due to delays in payment, even when the POPLA appeal is still in process!

The Appeal Was Rejected, Now What?

There’s a good chance that the letter you just received from PO Box 1270 Warrington, WA4 9RL is a notification that your POPLA appeal was unfortunately rejected. In such cases, you have 28 days to pay the issuing car parking company the amount you owe them.

Failure to make the payment can result in legal action from the car parking company. In some instances, the car parking company will sell the debt to a debt collection agency that will pursue payment relentlessly to make a profit.

You should know, that if the debt is sold to a debt collection agency, they can send collectors to your home, but they aren’t bailiffs, so they can’t come into your home or take your possessions to square the debt.

In some cases, the car parking company won’t pursue legal action against you, but I don’t recommend ignoring the situation, even if you owe a small amount of money.

Hire a Parking Solicitor for less than a coffee.

If you’re thinking about appealing your parking ticket then getting some professional advice is a good idea.

Getting the support of a Solicitor can make your appeal much more likely to win.

For a £5 trial, Solicitors from JustAnswer can look at your case and help you create an airtight appeal.

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References

  1. RAC Foundation – Parking Tickets Statistics
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MoneyNerd’s founder, Scott Nelson, has a decade of financial industry experience, including 6 years in FCA regulated loan and credit card companies. Troubled by a lack of conscience in the industry, he founded MoneyNerd to give genuine advice to those in debt and struggling financially.