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Premier Park Parking Charge Notice – Pay or Ignore? 2022

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Have you received a Premier Park Parking Charge Notice and don’t know what to do or where to turn next? Lots of drivers receive these fines each year, so you’re certainly not alone. But that doesn’t help you deal with these fine, so what should you really do about them? Find out 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 Premier Park Ltd?

Premier Park is one of the UK’s leading car park management companies, serving over 350 clients and more than 850 car parks. It’s a legitimate company that has a head office in Exeter and is a member of the British Parking Association (BPA). 

They serve clients by helping them to manage and operate their car parks safely and within the eyes of the law. They could provide one or multiple services to the private landowner, which is usually a business like a gym, supermarket or hospital. 

Some of their car park management services include manned patrols, cleaning, payment solutions and parking enforcement services. 

What is a Premier Park Parking Charge Notice?

As part of their enforcement services, Premier Park can issue parking tickets to drivers who use their clients’ car parks but don’t pay or don’t pay the correct amount (overstaying). These parking tickets are known as Parking Charge Notices.

The Parking Charge Notice could be left on the vehicle for when the driver returns, but more often they are sent to them in the post. 

Premier Park uses specialist cameras that can track vehicles using their number plates. When a driver is identified as committing a parking contravention on camera, they can use the number plate to retrieve their address from the DVLA – or specifically, the registered vehicle owner’s home address. They can only do this because they are a member of an ATA, namely the BPA. 

How much is a Premier Park fine?

Premier Park is restricted on how much they can fine drivers for a parking contravention. Currently, the cap is set at £100 but this is about to change, New laws which are due to come into effect at some time in 2023 will reduce these fines to a maximum of £50 in most locations and in most cases. They may be a little more in London. 

As well as these caps, private parking operators must offer the individual a reduced fine if they accept guilt and pay within 14 days. They usually reduce the fine by 40% if you pay this quickly. It will state on the ticket how much you can save. 

Can they enforce a Parking Charge Notice?

Parking Charge Notices aren’t considered to be official fines. They are instead seen as invoices received from a company for a service provided. You agree to this service and invoice by entering and using the car park.

The invoice can only be enforced if Premier Parking take you to court and win. You technically don’t have to pay until a judge orders you to do so. But going to court and further action will incur further fees and expenses. 

This forum user describes their experience after not paying Premier Parking:

“We had a letter off PremierPark dated 9th July 2019, stating as you have failed to pay so this has now been sent to our legal team BW legal. Same dated letter off BW legal, pay up within 14 days or we will start legal proceedings. […].”

  • John306 (Money Saving Expert Forum)

BW Legal is actually a debt collection agency that also offers legal services. They could help Premier Parking take you to court and recover the debt, but they aren’t bailiffs and cannot come to your home or suggest they can. So this is evidence that Premier Parking are willing to go to court over unpaid parking fines. 

Can I ignore a Premier Park Parking Charge Notice?

You shouldn’t ignore Premier Park because you could end up being taken to court, which will incur additional costs. You might read stories online of people ignoring private car park fines and getting away with it, but this isn’t guaranteed and it’s risky. 

Do I have to pay a private parking fine in England?

If you don’t want to ignore Premier Park and potentially face legal action, you either have to pay or appeal the Parking Charge Notice within 28 days. If you have decided to pay, make sure you do so within the first 14 days so you only have to pay the discounted rate.

How to appeal a Premier Park Ltd Parking Charge Notice

You can appeal to Premier Park in writing within 28 days of the contravention. Your appeal must state why you wish the ticket to be cancelled and provide evidence when required. 

For example, you could argue that Premier Park cannot issue you a ticket because you overstayed by fewer than ten minutes (there is a law stating that you must be given a ten-minute grace period. 

Read other parking ticket appeal excuses here

What if your appeal gets rejected?

As Premier Park is a member of the British Parking Association, all rejected appeals can be escalated to a free independent service which will judge your appeal one last time and make a decision. This service is called Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA).

Premier Park Ltd will inform you of how to lodge your appeal with POPLA at the time of rejecting your initial appeal with them. 

Can a parking charge notice affect your credit?

Parking fines on their own will not affect your credit file. Your file can only be affected if you don’t pay and a County Court Judgment (CCJ) is issued against you. 

How do I contact Premier Parking?

You can call Premier Parking on 0800 145 5171 for general enquiries. PCN appeals can only be made in writing. 

More parking fine FAQs answered!

Discover more useful information and tips to deal with private parking fines on our Parking Charge Notice guide. Here you’ll get answers to other frequently asked questions and much more!

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.

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