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UKPC Parking Fine – Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

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Are you the not-so-lucky owner of a UKPC parking ticket? We discuss all of your options and what to expect after being hit with a UKPC parking fine. Should you pay, ignore it or appeal? Let’s take a good look at your options. 

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 UKPC?

UK Parking Control Ltd (UKPC) is one of the UK’s biggest parking management companies, providing a range of services to businesses and private landowners wanting to operate a safe and legal car park. The company can provide staff and a selection of technologies to monitor vehicles and issue parking fines. 

What is a UKPC parking fine?

A UKPC parking fine is a fine that is served to a motorist for unauthorised parking within a UKPC car park. This could be due to not paying for parking or failing to exit the car park before their ticket ran out. 

The proper name for a private parking fine is a Parking Charge Notice, not to be confused with a Penalty Charge Notice, which is a (parking) fine from a local authority.

How much is a UKPC Parking Charge Notice?

UKPC Parking Charge Notices are capped at £50 within England and Wales, except for London where the cap is set at £80. If you are charged more than this amount then the company is breaking the new legislation. In 2022, the caps were significantly reduced. 

Private car parking operators are obliged to offer you a discount if you pay the fine early. They must offer at least 40% off the fine if you pay it within 14 days. So the most they can charge with the discount is £30 outside of London and £48 within London. 

Can UKPC access DVLA?

UKPC can contact the DVLA and ask for a vehicle owner’s address so they can serve a Parking Charge Notice by post. Sometimes they won’t be in the car park to leave the parking fine on your vehicle, so they use your number plate to request the vehicle owner’s address from the DVLA. 

Do I have to pay a UKPC parking charge?

UKPC is allowed to issue you with a Parking Charge Notice if you didn’t stick to the terms of using the private car park. However, these are not considered real fines or penalties. So you don’t have to pay unless instructed to do so by a court. UKPC can take you to court if you don’t pay, so it’s still possible that you’ll have to pay the fine.

What happens if I ignore a UKPC fine?

UKPC are known for using a debt collection agency when you ignore the Parking Charge Notice. They use a company called Debt Recovery Plus Ltd. It’s important to understand that debt collection agencies are not bailiffs and don’t possess any additional legal rights than UKPC themselves. 

All they are doing is outsourcing the task to another company that may be more persistent and threatening. Are the company’s legal threats real or empty? It’s impossible to say for certain! 

But if they do win in court you are likely to owe even more money due to the expenses involved. To win the case they will need to show that they operate the car park within the law when issuing tickets. 

How do I dispute a UKPC parking ticket?

You can dispute a UKPC parking ticket within the first 28 days since the parking ticket was issued. You must do this by completing a dedicated form either on the UKPC website or by printing the form and sending it completed in the post. You can’t make a UKPC appeal over the phone. 

What is a UKPC appeal?

The UKPC appeal will include an explanation of why you want the parking ticket cancelled. You should have a good reason and evidence to support your arguments when possible. UKPC will use this information to make a decision on your appeal, either to cancel the parking fine or reject the appeal. You will receive their response in writing.

UKPC parking fine appeal rejected – your next step!

As a British Parking Association (BPA) member, UKPC must allow motorists to escalate an appeal they have rejected. They must inform you after rejecting an appeal about the Driving on Private Land Appeals (POPLA) service. 

POPLA is an independent body that will assess each UKPC appeal independently. They can agree with UKPC or overturn their decision and request that the parking fine is cancelled. This service is free for you to use.

UKPC – appeal or pay?

The decision to appeal for free or pay the fine is made more difficult by the minimum 40% discount offered when paying within 14 calendar days. Instead of going through the appeals process, which could be fruitless, it’s tempting to take advantage of a cheaper fine. 

The decision usually hinges on how strong you think your appeal is. 

Can I ignore a UKPC parking charge?

If you ignore a UKPC Parking Charge Notice you might be taken to court and eventually forced to pay. Or UKPC could stop chasing you for payment and you might get away without paying. 

There is no way of knowing for sure what they will do, but do expect to receive court threats if you don’t pay the fine. 

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 about council parking fines?

Council parking fines are a different ball game and should be tackled with more urgency and attention. Not paying a council parking ticket can quickly result in a bigger fine, legal action and even debt enforcement action. 
Learn how to deal with council parking fines here.

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