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Responsible Parking Management Parking Fine – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

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Were you given a Responsible Parking Management parking fine and think it’s unjust? You can appeal a parking charge which prevents the operator from chasing you for the money.

Private parking management firms must abide by a Code of Practice. I look at how to lodge an appeal with the operator. Plus, I will explain when you might have to pay the fine. Read on to find out 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 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.

Who is Responsible Parking Management?

Responsible Parking Management (RPM) provides parking solutions to the private and commercial sectors. Landowners authorise the operator to manage their car parks and issue fines for minor parking infringements.

As a private management company, RPM must follow a Code of Practice. In addition, the operator is a member of the International Parking Community (IPC) and the Independent Appeals Service (IAS).

RPM provides their clients Automatic Number Plate Recognition in car parks. The operator can access the DVLA database to get registered keeper details. So, when you commit a parking violation, RPM gets your details and sends you a parking fine through the post.

Responsible Parking Management erects signs at a car park entrance that motorists are supposed to read. The signs lay out the Terms and Conditions of using a car park.

Why would I get a Responsible Parking Management fine?

Responsible Parking Management uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition in the car parks they manage. The operator records all parking infringements, with the most common being:

  • You parked in a bay that’s designated for use by a disabled person or families with children
  • You did not park correctly 
  • You failed to pay for using the car park
  • You got back to your car after your allotted time had expired

Unfortunately, suppose you did any of the abovementioned things and got a parking charge. In that case, you may have no choice but to pay. Unless the operator got it wrong, that is!

What is the law regarding private parking fines?

Private parking fines are not legally enforceable. They are invoices raised to let motorists know they’ve broken the rules. A parking charge on private land is only enforceable when a court orders you to pay.

Is a Responsible Parking Management fine similar to a penalty charge notice?

No. A parking fine on private land looks similar and has the same acronym. Other than that, they are totally different. Councils and the police issue penalty charge notices that fall under the Road Traffic Act 1988.

A parking charge on private land is a civil offence. A private operator must take you to court to enforce payment of an unpaid fine.

What happens if I ignore a Responsible Parking Management fine?

Things can quickly escalate when you ignore a fine you get from Responsible Parking Management. When the operator doesn’t hear from you within 28 days of receiving the parking fine, they’ll send out payment reminders.

RPM may ask a debt collection agency to chase you for the money if you continue to ignore things. In addition, you may incur further charges when a debt collector gets involved!

Lastly, you could be taken to court. But you’ll get a Letter Before Action (LBA) warning of the operator’s intent. A County Court Judgement (CCJ) is registered on your credit file if you don’t respond or attend court.

Note: CCJs stay on credit records for six years. You’ll have difficulty in borrowing money during this time.

Should I pay a Responsible Parking Management fine straight away?

I suggest you do the following before paying a Responsible Parking Management fine:

  • Make sure the information on the parking charge you are given is correct
  • See if the operator gave you a 10-minute grace period which they should do before issuing a parking ticket
  • Check if you were sent the parking ticket within 14 days of having committed an alleged parking infringement in an RPM-managed car park

You’ll have to pay if an operator follows the Code of Practice and issues a parking charge correctly. Plus, when you pay the fine within 14 days, the amount is reduced by 40%.

You can pay the fine online or call the operator on 03330 230 130 and pay with a card (major debit/credit cards accepted).

You must give the following info when paying an RPM fine:

  • The parking charge reference number
  • Car registration details

How do you appeal a Responsible Parking Management fine?

You can file an appeal against the fine on the RPM website. You have 28 days after receiving the parking charge to make your appeal. 

The operator sends you their decision within 28 days by email. This is in the form of a Decision Notice.

Note: Once you lodge an appeal with the operator, they must deal with it. Therefore, RPM cannot take the matter further until they decide whether to accept or reject your appeal.

Responsible Parking Management rejected my appeal. What happens next?

If the operator rejects your appeal, you’ll have 21 days to file an appeal with the Independent Appeals Service (IAS). The deadline starts from the date you receive the rejection notice.

Note: The operator must provide all the information on taking the matter to the IAS in their notice of rejection.

What if I wasn’t the driver when RPM issued the ticket?

You might not be liable for the fine if you weren’t the driver when it was issued. However, you must provide RPM with the name and address of the person who was.

You can fill out an online form to transfer the liability. Or you can send back the Driver ID form you received in the Parking Charge Notice attached to the Keeper Form.

If you don’t or won’t provide the information and you’re the registered keeper, you’ll be liable for the fine!

Would Responsible Parking Management take me to court for an unpaid fine?

Yes, the operator may start legal proceedings to recover the amount owed when you don’t pay the fine. However, first RPM sends out payment reminders. Then, the operator may instruct a debt collection agency to recover the amount.

Lastly, Responsible Parking Management could take you to court, and there’s no guarantee they won’t. 

I recommend paying the parking fine within 2 weeks, so you pay less. Or appeal the fine within 28 days if you think the charge is unjust.

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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Responsible Parking Management parking fine. Should I appeal or pay?

No one likes getting a parking ticket. But you have the right to challenge the fine when you think it’s unjust or incorrectly issued. A parking ticket on private land is only enforceable if the operator wins a case through the courts!

My advice? Always check the Responsible Parking Management parking ticket was given correctly before paying it. You may find you have grounds to challenge the fine!

Thanks for reading my article on fines issued by RPN, and I hope the information helps you decide what to do.

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