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Spring Parking – Should You Pay or Appeal? 2022

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Should you pay or appeal a Spring Parking ticket? We discuss the pros and cons of these options as well as a third option you might not know about. Let’s motor on! 

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 is Spring Parking Ltd?

Spring Parking Ltd is a company that provides car park management services, including signage, payment technologies, security and parking ticket enforcement services

These services are used by private landowners and private car park owners to ensure the smooth and legal use of their car parks.  

What is a Spring Parking PCN?

A Spring Parking PCN refers to a Parking Charge Notice that can be sent from Spring Parking to motorists. They are sent when the motorist is believed to have committed a parking contravention by breaking the terms of using the private car park

Spring Parking Ltd can issue these to drivers in the car park or may send them in the post by retrieving the vehicle owner’s address from the DVLA. However, it’s important to be aware that they are not real penalties or fines. They’re invoices from the business for not sticking to the terms and conditions when using the car park.

They’re called Parking Charge Notices with the initials PCN to catch people out and make them think they’ve received a Penalty Charge Notice (also PCN), which is a real and serious parking fine from a local authority

That being said, any private company still has the right to issue a Parking Charge Notice when motorists haven’t paid for parking etc. 

How much is a Spring Parking fine?

All private parking fines in the UK have been reduced from a maximum of £100 to a maximum of £50. The only exception is private car parks in London where the fine can be set a little higher. 

But the most important thing to know is that all private companies serving you with a Parking Charge Notice must offer a discount if you pay within 14 days. Anyone who pays the parking ticket within the first two weeks must receive a discount of at least 40%. So any £50 would be reduced to at least £30. 

Do you have to pay a Spring Parking PCN?

Even though a Spring Parking PCN isn’t a real penalty, you may still have to pay eventually because the company could escalate the debt recovery process and even take you to court. This could also make the fine more expensive.

Alternatively, you could avoid paying by appealing against the private parking ticket instead. We’ll discuss the details of making a Spring Parking appeal soon! 

What happens if you don’t pay a Spring Parking fine?

If you don’t pay a Spring Parking fine, the company may send payment reminders, add late charges to the “fine” or even ask a debt collection agency to chase you for payment. These companies have no additional legal rights to recover the money than Spring Parking – and they’re certainly not bailiffs! 

However, you could be sent a letter threatening court action if you don’t pay, also known as a Letter Before Action (LBA). Just like this motorist received after throwing away their Spring Parking PCN:

“I was advised by numerous people to throw it away and ignore any letters as it wasn’t issued by the council or the police. So for a while, that’s what I did, until the debt collection agencies started to write threatening me with court.”

-Trace5570 (Money Saving Expert Forum)

Due to the size of these fines, these letters are probably just (illegal) scare tactics to make you pay. If they make court threats they are supposed to be genuine, but they’re usually just trying to intimidate you into paying. Yet, there is always a chance that they could begin court action against you!

A judge would then issue an order forcing you to pay. Ignoring it could result in real bailiffs knocking at your door and more expensive debt. 

Spring Parking – ignore or pay?

Even though Spring Parking or the debt collection agencies they use may be all bark and no bite, there is a risk of being taken to court. For that reason, it’s arguably better to pay the reduced fine within 14 days rather than take the risk. But it’s a personal decision only you can make. 

Another option is to appeal against the Spring Parking ticket using the correct process! 

How do you appeal a Spring Parking ticket?

You can make a Spring Hill PCN appeal directly to the company by providing them with your ‘representation’. This is a formal argument against the parking ticket with clear reasons and evidence to support your arguments when possible. 

For example, you might argue that the ticket machine was out of order and show them an image you took of the machine not working on the day. Beware, some private car parks have signs saying don’t park if the machine isn’t working! 

The appeal must be submitted within 28 days and sent to the Spring Parking email address or postal address, which can be found at the bottom of this page

Spring Parking appeal rejected – one more chance!

If Spring Parking rejects your appeal they will write to you and let you know. They’ll also explain how you can take your appeal to an independent service for a second opinion and final decision. 

You’ll be asked to forward your appeal to Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA). You can only escalate the appeal if Spring Parking has rejected your representation. 

Spring Parking PCN – pay or appeal?

You’ll need to weigh up the strength of your appeal and the chance of it being accepted against the potential to receive a 40% discount. Once you appeal you’ll lose access to the reduced fine, so this is what will influence your decision to pay or appeal. Thus, it’ll come down to your case and personal preferences. 

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.

How do I deal with “real PCNs”?

If you receive a real PCN – a Penalty Charge Notice – from a local council, then you will have to pay or appeal. You cannot take any risks by ignoring these fines as it will only make the fine bigger. Read more about council parking tickets at MoneyNerd.

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