PPS Parking – Should You Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

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Who are PPS Parking and what is a PPS Parking Charge Notice? We answer these questions before diving into whether you have to pay these parking tickets. If you’ve received a PPS parking fine, this is the content you need 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 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 PPS Parking?

PPS stands for Private Parking Solutions and is a car park management company with a registered office in Mayfair. It should be said that there are some other car park management companies with the same initials. 

Private Parking Solutions Ltd provides services to other businesses which help them operate a private car park. Some of the services on offer are on-site wardens, CCTV, payment solutions and services to deter car parking abuse. 

What is a PPS parking fine?

A PPS parking fine can be issued to drivers who use a car park managed by PPS but:

  1. Don’t pay
  2. Overstay
  3. Don’t park correctly

If the car park has wardens who notice the parking breach, they’re likely to leave the parking ticket on the vehicle. But parking contraventions can also be caught on camera. In this case, PPS Parking will send the private parking ticket to the registered vehicle owner, who will then have an opportunity to tell PPS that someone else was driving – if true. 

Private parking fines are commonly known as Parking Charge Notices or PCNs. But don’t mix these up with Penalty Charge Notices, also abbreviated to PCN. 

How much does a PPS fine cost?

A PPS Parking Charge Notice can currently cost up to £100 or £60 if the offending driver pays within 14 days. This is because there are caps in place but the car park operator must offer at least a 40% discount for paying swiftly. 

However, a new cap is coming into effect at some time in 2023. The new law will cap Parking Charge Notices at £50 in most cases. They may be slightly more expensive in London. The discount will also be applied to these less expensive parking tickets. 

Private Parking Solutions reviews

PPS Parking has received quite a few reviews on Trustpilot. Unfortunately for them, these reviews don’t cover the business in glory. But this is quite common in the industry, with many reviewers feeling frustrated – rightfully or wrongfully – about receiving a parking ticket. Here are some examples:

“This company are nothing but greedy thieves. I park in a parking space regulated by them with (a) the full knowledge of the owner and (b) a PPS permit given to me by the owner of the space. PPS nevertheless go ahead and issue a parking charge notice saying the permit is not displayed correctly.”

  • William K (Trustpilot review)

“Rude rude rude. The guy called Robert manning the phone line, calling me a liar, not letting me talk. […] THIEVES.”

  • S R (Trustpilot review)

Do you have to pay private parking fines UK?

You don’t have to pay a private parking ticket until you’re told to by a judge who will issue a court order. This is because private parking tickets are put into the same category as invoices – not fines. To enforce an invoice, the company must take you to court and win the case. 

If PPS Parking was to win in court and you continued to refuse payment, they could then use debt enforcement action, such as employing bailiffs. If this was to happen, the bailiff fees would be added to your debt, making you owe considerably more.

But, will PPS Parking take you to court?

Nobody knows for certain whether PPS Parking will take you to court. Even if they don’t plan on initiating court action against you, there’s a strong chance they will make it sound like they will.

Many car park operators send Letters Before Action or get debt collection groups to do it for them. These letters state that legal action will be pursued if you don’t pay the parking ticket. But they might be bluffing to scare you into paying. 

Some people will tell you to ignore a PPS Parking fine and you’ll get away with it. You might. But this isn’t certain and you could be taken to court. So if you want to absolutely avoid any risk of legal action, you would have to pay or appeal the ticket.

Appealing a PPS Parking fine 

You have a right to appeal a PPS Parking “fine” within 28 days. You cannot appeal over the phone and must put it in writing, either by sending a letter or an email, as explained here. The same link provides the PPS Parking appeal form. 

You should submit an appeal that clearly states one or multiple reasons why you think the parking ticket isn’t fair. You may need to attach evidence to support these reasons. 

PPS Parking will have up to 56 days to accept or reject the appeal. If they don’t respond within those eight weeks, the appeal is accepted automatically due to missing the deadline. 

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 happens if your appeal gets denied?

If PPS Parking rejects the appeal you don’t have to give up the fight. You can escalate the appeal to POPLA, which is a free appeals service and is completely independent of PPS Parking. 

There may be a deadline to escalate the appeal and full instructions should be supplied at the same time that PPS Parking sends their initial appeal rejection. 

PPS Parking – pay or appeal?

Individual circumstances should influence the decision to pay or appeal the ticket. There isn’t a blanket answer everyone should stick to. If you decide to pay, make sure you do within 14 days to receive the discounted rate. 

Similarly, you may want to appeal within the first 14 days as this could extend your entitlement to the discounted rate should the appeal be rejected.