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Wingparking – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

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Parking on private land operated by Wingparking could result in a ticket. The question many people ask is whether to pay or appeal. There are instances when a fine might be justified. However, other times the operator may not have followed the Private Parking Code of Practice. In which case, I suggest you 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.

Parking on private land

When you park on private land owned by a supermarket or other entity, it’s typically an operator who gives out parking fines. They are Parking Charge Notices which must not be confused with Penalty Charge Notices. The latter are issued by local authorities and the police, whereas Private entities give out parking Charge Notices.

A Parking Charge Notice is not enforceable by law. The only time a fine becomes enforceable is when a court has issued you an order to pay!

You could receive a Parking Charge Notice on private land for a variety of reasons which includes:

  • You did not pay to park
  • You overstayed the time allowed to park
  • You did not park in an allotted bay
  • You parked in a bay designated for the disabled or families with infants

There should be clear signs that provide the parking rules and the T&Cs of using a privately owned car park. If the sign is not displayed clearly for all to see and you get a ticket, you could challenge it! The fine could be cancelled if the rules were not evident. You can’t breach a contract if you don’t know the rules!

What is the best excuse to appeal a parking ticket?

You can appeal a parking ticket if any of the following reasons apply:

  • The Parking Charge Notice was sent to you more than 14 days after you parked in the private car park
  • You parked your vehicle correctly
  • The road markings and/or parking signs were not clear or clearly visible. Hidden by trees or overgrown vegetation
  • There wasn’t anywhere for you to pay because the machines were broken
  • You were overcharged. You can’t be charged more than £100 when you get a Parking Charge Notice unless the operator can prove the offence meant they lost money
  • You weren’t driving your vehicle when the fine was issued. You can’t be given a fine if you weren’t driving at the time it was issued
  • You couldn’t return to your vehicle because you are disabled, pregnant, and have a very young infant with you. The Equality Act 2010 states you have to be treated with ‘understanding’ and cannot be ‘discriminated against’
  • Your vehicle broke down, and you were waiting to be towed away or for it to be fixed
  • You only just ran out of time. When you are not allowed the 10-minute grace period, the operator fails to follow the code of practice!

You could also contest a Wing Parking ticket if it was sent to you by post and there were no signs indicating CCTV or ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) system in the car park.

Do car parks have to give a grace period?

Private parking operators must follow the Code of Practice that governs private car parks. In addition, you must be given a 10-minute grace period before a Parking Charge Notice is issued.

When you are five or ten minutes late back to your vehicle, members of the ATA should not give you a ticket! If they do, you could appeal the Parking Charge Notice. Remember, it’s free to file an informal appeal. Moreover, you’re obliged to do this before lodging an appeal with an independent tribunal or a trade association.

Wing Parking appeal process

When you want to appeal a Wingparking ticket, you can do so online or in writing by post. However, you CANNOT appeal the Parking Charge Notice by email. Instead, you need to fill out the company’s appeals form, making the process easier, or so Wing Parking states!

If you send the appeal by post, make sure you send it by registered letter!

Also, when an operator is not a member of ATA (accredited trade association), they can’t get details of a registered owner from the DVLA!

Can you get a CCJ for not paying a private parking ticket?

Yes, but only if you don’t pay after receiving a court order to pay the Parking Charge Notice. A judge would issue a County Court Judgement (CCJ) against you when you fail to pay. This will impact your credit history and your ability to borrow money in the future. Remember, a CCJ can stay on your credit history for up to six years!

Also, the operator can’t take you to court while you’re filing an informal appeal against a Parking Charge Notice. The only time you can be taken to court is when an appeal is unsuccessful.

Can I get a Parking Charge Notice reduced?

The amount may be reduced when you pay the Parking Charge Notice early. For example, the amount could be 40% to 60% of the original amount when you settle within 14 days.

Does Wing Parking have to issue a fine in 14 days?

Wing Parking should tell you about the fine before leaving the private car park. They can then follow this up within 2 months. However, suppose you’re not notified on the spot. In that case, the operator has 14 days to get your details from the DVLA before sending you the Parking Charge Notice in the post.

Operators must be ATA members to retrieve details of registered owners from the DVLA!

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.

Lastly, pay or appeal a Wingparking fine?

If you are sure the operator failed to follow the Code of Practice when they gave you a Parking Charge Notice, file an appeal. On the other hand, when you know you broke the rules and got a ticket, you may have to pay the penalty to Wingparking.

Thanks for reading through my post about Wingparking and whether you should pay or appeal a ticket. I hope the information provided is helpful when challenging the Parking Charge Notice or paying it!

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