Letter before court action by private eye parking tickets

Hi
Please has anyone ever received a letter before action from private eye parking, those that are usually in supermarkets like tesco, morrisons etc.
They send you a photo of your car and a fine when you have overstayed your parking.
I understand that it is illegal and the fines should not be paid, is this correct
And what should one do if you receive such a letter
Thanks

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If it's not local council: ignore, ignore, ignore! I have received these from a similar company-they will send you very threatening letters, but if you continue to ignore them they will eventually give up. NEVER try to reason with them-they have no empathetic bones in their bodies!
Edited by: "Mermoo" 11th Jan 2015

Ignore it. It'll be an invoice not a fine.

The info is here where you have probably already looked.
google.co.uk/sea…F-8

My dad ignored them. Nothing happened. As Mermoo says, if it ain't official just bin it. And when they start using threatening long words in their letters, bin them too.

Its not legal. Google it + there's a blog on Martin Lewis's Money matters website that tells you what to do and what wording to put into your letter.

I had one a couple of years ago from local car park and just ignored the letters they soon gave up in the end after sending me about a dozen letters say they were taking me to court it would cost them more to take you to court than the fine is worth they only send them out in hope that a small amount of people pay up. Friend of mine got one last Christmas too and same has happened he's just ignored it and they slowly gave up in end

You appear to have already done the right thing by posting this query on PePiPoo. The parking experts there will give you the correct guidelines; sometimes Sundays are slower for replies - wait for a few days. Also as someone on PePiPoo has said to you, look at the relevant threads on that forum.

Simple, Just ignore, ignore, ignore.

Don't waste your time writing appeals, No point and you'll probably end up more concerned waiting for a response/s arguing the toss etc when you can simply bin and move on with your life etc..

Don't ignore. That used to be the main advice but no longer. Some of these bottom-feeders do do court but not all.

Go to the best forum specialising in fighting parking tickets and prepare in case they do take it further: forums.pepipoo.com

Start a fresh thread and post copies of everything you have received (with personal details and anything else that could identify you or the car, suitably blanked out (but DON'T deface the originals!))

Important tactic; NEVER say directly you were the driver. you say "the driver parked", "the driver did this, that or ther other"; not "I parked" or " did this, That or the other"

When push has come to shove, there are plenty of cases (read: "most") that have been won with a properly structured rebuttal. Gan, SchoolRunMum and hcandersen are heavyweights on the site.

Good luck and we'll read about how you won on the completed cases lists

What is with everyone giving bad advice...... DO NOT IGNORE. This is not the correct course of action anymore ! Wait for a reply on pepipoo or check out the forums on money saving expert.

olie6915

What is with everyone giving bad advice...... DO NOT IGNORE. This is not … What is with everyone giving bad advice...... DO NOT IGNORE. This is not the correct course of action anymore ! Wait for a reply on pepipoo or check out the forums on money saving expert.



Yes ignore it is a PRIVATE COMPANY trying to tell you that you owe them money. DO NOT REPLY as they then know they have the correct details and your a real person. DO NOT REPLY WHATSOEVER!

Wrong... this hasn't been the advice for over a year now.... you do not ignore them, but please go ahead and keep giving out bad information

I got a parking eye ticket a couple of months ago - I didn't grab a ticket stupidly and stayed for 16 minutes. I paid it as I was in the wrong I suppose, then appealed it. I found something on a money saving expert forum to send them (a huge long letter with lots of legal jargon I didn't really understand in all honesty) I didn't hear from them for a few weeks and then about a month later I got a letter through the post with a cheque refunding me and apologising. Hope this helps! Always better to be safe than sorry I guess - I didn't fancy court and all the fees that could have potentially come with it!

Some people are giving out old bad advise, do not ignore it anyore. Like someone else has suggessted - go on mse forums or pepipoo and find out the best course of action.

Some parking companies ARE now taking people to Court.
You should already have received some paperwork re a parking charge?

Have a look on pepipoo. Tonnes of advice on there, simple letter templates etc. One letter should settle it and they'll get the point. No need to pay them a penny.

Original Poster

Thank you all, I was going to ignore it, but peppipo are now saying that they are taking people to court, because this is letter before court action, and not just the tickets.
Has anyone here received a letter before court action from these private people and not just the tickets and if so how recent and what did you do.
Peppipo and not responding as fast to my comments, that's why I like coming here
Please any help or link for letter before court action and what they did would help
Thanks

For us who don't know too much about these things, can someone please clarify what changes caused 'ignore and don't acknowledge' to now not be suitable? I'm vaguely familiar with a change in the law but thought it was more in favour of consumers eg restrictions on clamping on private land. Thanks

DennisG

For us who don't know too much about these things, can someone please … For us who don't know too much about these things, can someone please clarify what changes caused 'ignore and don't acknowledge' to now not be suitable? I'm vaguely familiar with a change in the law but thought it was more in favour of consumers eg restrictions on clamping on private land. Thanks



"Ignore and don't acknowledge" used to work because they never took it further and it required absolutely no effort. Now that some firms have started to take people to court its less effort to get rid of it early via the official appeals process than to (potentially) argue your points in court. Some firms have been starting court proceedings over a year after the actual ticket.

I assume they've started going down the court route because lots of people got wise to the "ignore" tactic. They've always had a valid reason to take people to court (you've ignored their invoice), but will rarely win against anyone properly clued up (most successful appeals/cases rule against the parking firms because the ticket is not a genuine pre-estimate of loss). I assume they think that their gains from people who just pay rather than going to court + people who lose in court because they argue mitigating factors rather than technical points are worth the effort vs losses from people who win because they know their stuff.
Edited by: "sunspear" 12th Jan 2015

Original Poster

I think that's the point now. Lots of people seem to be receiving this letter before court action .
I need to find a template letter used by others and reply to them and see what happens
I would keep you all posted

thanks sunspear

Just visit money saving expert. All the help and advise is available there to sucessfully get these leeches off your back. Its far better to simply nip it in the bud immediately than let it fester.

Yep, I can confirm parking eye ARE now taking people to court, and they are winning. I had a ticket from them a few years ago and ignored it, after 3 letters I heard no more. But this is not necessarily the case now and this is where the confusion lies. They are taking many more people to court and they do win, so you end up paying the fine and parking eye's costs too.

Original Poster

Well I have sent one letter to Morrison and one to parking eye
So let's see what happens

Original Poster

This is an update to say I got a letter from parking eye cancelling the ticket after I complained to the chief executive of morrisons

If the warning sign says "fine", can a private firm legally fine someone or invoice them without prior warning (incorrect signage)

When ever we recieve letter with a fine we end paying:(
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