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Tesco Parking Fine 2022 – Pay or Appeal?

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Did you get a Tesco parking fine, and are you wondering whether to pay or appeal the fine? You’re probably not the only person because recently, supermarkets have issued a spate of penalties. The thing is that a private Parking Charge Notice is not always enforceable. In this article, I explain why!

A Parking Charge Notice is not the same as a Penalty Charge Notice issued by a council or the police! Read on for more information on dealing with a Tesco parking fine and whether to pay up or appeal.

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.

Does Horizon manage Tesco car parks?

Yes, Horizon manages eighty-four Tesco car parks. Many supermarkets, including Horizon, may also use number plate recognition technology (ANPR)! Having third party companies manage their car parks means there’s always a watchful eye on how people use them. Sometimes third party operators can be overzealous! They don’t follow the Private Parking Code of Practice.

These private companies make money by issuing tickets, and they tend to issue a lot of them!

Are horizon parking charges enforceable?

Tesco has given Horizon the authority to issue and enforce Parking Charge Notices on their behalf. However, they must follow the guidelines issued by the British Parking Association (BPA) approved operator scheme. A Parking Charge Penalty is only really enforceable when there’s a court order to pay!

When you use a Tesco car park, you enter into an agreement/contract with the company. If you abuse the contract, Horizon can issue a Parking Charge Notice. However, enforcing a Parking Charge Notice is not something UK law covers. Instead, it is a civil matter because the fine is really an ‘invoice’ for breaching a contract.

When you think the parking charge notice is unfair, or the operator failed to follow the Code of Practice, you have the right to file an appeal against the penalty! The information on how to appeal the ticket should be on the notice you receive.

Do I have to pay a parking fine from Horizon?

Although Tesco has given the authority to Horizon to issue Parking Charge Notices, don’t treat the ticket as you would a Fixed Penalty Notice or a Penalty Charge Notice, which the police and local authorities issue for parking infringements, amongst other things.

A Penalty Charge Notice is enforceable by law! A Parking Charge Notice is not!

You have the right to challenge a fine when Horizon fails to follow the guidelines for issuing a ticket on behalf of Tesco. If you think the penalty was given unfairly: 

  • First, tell the Tesco store manager about it
  • Next, file an appeal with Horizon
  • Finally, take the matter to the POPLA 

You could be given a Parking Charge Notice in a Tesco car park for the following reasons:

  • You stayed too long – over the maximum time allowed
  • You parked outside a marked pay
  • You used a disabled or a parent with child bay

Is there a grace period in a Tesco car park?

Yes, there is a 10-minute grace period that third-party operators should allow before issuing a Parking Charge Notice to you. Failure to do so could result in challenging the fine.

If this happens to you, I suggest you appeal the Tesco fine by following the instructions found on the parking ticket! Make sure you can prove the operator failed to follow the guidelines before you file an appeal.

Is it worth appealing a parking ticket?

Yes, it is! First, it’s free to do so, and if you think the ticket is unfair, you have the right to challenge it! All third party parking operators must follow specific guidelines. One of which gives you the right to challenge a parking charge notice!

However, first, tell the store manager about it. They may decide to get the ticket cancelled! A manager can do this, and keeping customers happy is high on their list of priorities.

 If that fails, follow the appeals procedure on the ticket as soon as possible. The quicker you get an appeal filed, the sooner the problem could be resolved – either way!

Can you ignore parking tickets?

You could, but it’s better not to ignore a parking ticket even when issued by a private operator. It could lead to:

  • Nasty letters demanding payment sent to you
  • Threats of court action
  • Get a debt collection agency on the case
  • Having bailiffs contact you for non-payment of a debt

If you think the parking ticket is unfair, file an appeal. However, pay it and move on when you believe the penalty is deserved!

You may get a court summons when you don’t respond to correspondence. If you ignore the summons, you could get a CCJ. Having a County Court Judgement on your credit file will impact your ability to borrow money or get a credit card or loan!

Don’t ignore court papers when a private parking operator issues a formal claim against you for an unpaid penalty!

In short, it’s best to deal with the problem before things spiral out of control, whether you want to appeal the ticket or pay it!

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.

Will a Parking Charge Notice affect my credit score?

Getting a Parking Charge Notice will not affect your credit score. However, when you fail to pay a court order to pay a parking ticket, then it would! Once a court order is issued, the ticket becomes a debt, and therefore, it is enforceable, but it will also appear on your credit history!

Thanks for taking the time to read this post on a Tesco parking fine. I hope you found the information useful and that it helps you decide whether to appeal or pay up! If you think the parking charge notice is unfair, I suggest you file an appeal following the correct procedure!

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