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Parking ticket issued over 3 months after event.

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Edited by:"jools19"Found 26th Oct 2017
I'm sure someone here will know the answer to this, I have been trying to look elsewhere but still haven't found an answer. ParkingEye has issued me with a fine for staying 8 minutes over the allowed 2 hours in a Aldi carpark. This was on The 2nd of July, the 14th of this month they have issued a fine. Are they allowed to wait this long after the event? Cheers.

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.MUFC.9 m ago

It's not a fine. Only the council and police can issue parking fines. It's …It's not a fine. Only the council and police can issue parking fines. It's a parking charge. I ignore them myself. However some advise to appeal or pay up because the odd case has been taken to a small claims court. Probably a 1 in a million chance.



Bad advice - the law changed - ignoring is a bad plan

Numpties on here still think the old law applies , hence the misinformed comments . If they can prove it (presumably by CCTV) you are a dead duck . Check it out yourself , but believe some of the Numpties on here at your peril . Remember its your money - not theirs !
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its not a parking ticket/ parking fine its a speculative invoice
private companies cannot impose fines yet..
Edited by: "mattmerch" 26th Oct 2017

It's not a fine. Only the council and police can issue parking fines. It's a parking charge. I ignore them myself. However some advise to appeal or pay up because the odd case has been taken to a small claims court. Probably a 1 in a million chance.

.MUFC.9 m ago

It's not a fine. Only the council and police can issue parking fines. It's …It's not a fine. Only the council and police can issue parking fines. It's a parking charge. I ignore them myself. However some advise to appeal or pay up because the odd case has been taken to a small claims court. Probably a 1 in a million chance.



Bad advice - the law changed - ignoring is a bad plan

Just ignore it, 3 months the after the event they are probably hoping you just pay up. Or go to Aldi and tell them as it was 3 months ago you can not find the recipe but was instore and if they had more tills open you would have not gone over the 2 hours.

Watching "Can't pay we'll take it away" on tele ..... bailiffs calling to collect payment + massive costs would make me think twice about ignoring.

mas994 m ago

Bad advice - the law changed - ignoring is a bad plan


Only an extremely small amount of cases have been taken to small claims. It's a gamble now whereas before it was a given. I would gamble but you do risk extra charges admittedly.

steve.t2 m ago

Watching "Can't pay we'll take it away" on tele ..... bailiffs calling to …Watching "Can't pay we'll take it away" on tele ..... bailiffs calling to collect payment + massive costs would make me think twice about ignoring.


Only court issued bailiffs have any authority, the guys the parking companies threaten you with are part of the same company and don't have the same power ;).
Edited by: ".MUFC." 26th Oct 2017

dodgy scammers these cowboys hope to intimidate ppl into paying there invoices making it look as near as possible to an actual parking ticket as its only 8 minutes you overstayed i would personally bin it
imagine all the publicity aldi would get from using a company that takes ppl to court for overstaying 8 minutes

I'm in the same position with a company called parkwatch, I have emailed them to tell them I dispute it and will await a reply.

Go on mse loads of advice about it

Numpties on here still think the old law applies , hence the misinformed comments . If they can prove it (presumably by CCTV) you are a dead duck . Check it out yourself , but believe some of the Numpties on here at your peril . Remember its your money - not theirs !

It’s harder to just ignore now and that’s no longer the guideline for these cases nor is the pre estimate of loss method. About 5-6 years ago they started taking cases to county courts and this can land you in a real mess with CCJ’s and parkingeye seem the most aggressive in this aspect. Before contacting parking eye start with the land owner it’s very likely they will cancel the ticket anyway.

I dont see why a fine has to have any time limit on it. Financial claim have up to 6 years in a courtof law.

Banned

I think I would send them a nice little letter apologising for your forgetfulness & a cheque for £10 to compensate them for their "losses". Stating also the car park was pretty much empty & you never saw the sign but you did indeed use the shop.

After all they had to write to you & spend a bit on admin & printing.

If they rejected your £10 then I doubt any judge would look kindly on the abuse of court time should they issue proceedings.
Edited by: "Kmore" 26th Oct 2017

Awaits mutleys next post
I got a parking ticket from 6 years ago
I only popped in for fabric conditioner

Bradleigh2 m ago

Awaits mutleys next postI got a parking ticket from 6 years agoI only …Awaits mutleys next postI got a parking ticket from 6 years agoI only popped in for fabric conditioner


Youre off topic. Just answer the question

Original Poster

Thanks for all the responses, interesting reading them all. I think I'll try calling Aldi in the morning, hopefully they'll cancel it.

Let’s face it, you weren’t shopping in Aldi for 2hrs 8mins, you were using their car park for free.
cough up and stop whinging, you’ve been caught out.

Sambat1 h, 7 m ago

Let’s face it, you weren’t shopping in Aldi for 2hrs 8mins, you were using …Let’s face it, you weren’t shopping in Aldi for 2hrs 8mins, you were using their car park for free.cough up and stop whinging, you’ve been caught out.


This is pointless

I thought the law changed and you couldn't get a ticket unless you over stayed by 10 minutes or more???

Get yourself on Pepipoo forum and use the info there to help you. Much better than reading the responses here, they’re geared up specifically for things like this.

Having recently got a ticket from parking eye myself I can vouch for the fact that is difficult to get a fast resolution. You have to deal with them by letter, no calls, no emails. They DO take people to court, and they win as the law was changed about 4 years ago to give the necessary powers. In my case PE had taken over parking at our doctor's surgery and I honestly forgot to input my reg number. I was able to call the surgery and get proof of my visit and the company rescinded the ticket.
A friend however thought he could ignore a ticket issued as he waited in a private company's car park near MCR airport, he was trying to avoid paying to park while waiting for a flight arrival. He kept ignoring letter after letter and only paid after receiving a county court judgment against him. He'd even ignored the letter giving him the court hearing date and time. Total cost £253. My advice, definitely do not ignore it, you could claim after so long that you'd lost any receipt you'd had from Aldi but 2hrs 8 mins is a really long time to spend in a store that usually has only 4 or aisles!

P.S It does state on the initial letter that they will only deal with Pepipoo after Parking Eyes own appeal procedure has been tried.
Edited by: "booky" 27th Oct 2017

TherealChuckNorris7 h, 43 m ago

Get yourself on Pepipoo forum and use the info there to help you. Much …Get yourself on Pepipoo forum and use the info there to help you. Much better than reading the responses here, they’re geared up specifically for things like this.


If you can't easily find the answer, then I suggest you register and post the question because it may just be me but I find that site is tricky to trawl.

I’ve had 2 of these in the last 2 years

First in McDonald’s
Second in a local shopping centre

What ever you do don’t contact them , once you do they will hound you , I got about 5 letters saying I’m going to court then the balifs are coming round bla bla . Once they k ow you ain’t going to reply they move on to the next victim . Do you really think they have time and money to take 1000s of people to court ?

They work on a quick payment if they can’t get the money quick they leave it ,this is why they send letters trying to scare you

Don’t make contact
Don’t open letter
They will go away

jools1910 h, 40 m ago

Thanks for all the responses, interesting reading them all. I think I'll …Thanks for all the responses, interesting reading them all. I think I'll try calling Aldi in the morning, hopefully they'll cancel it.


Pointless they got money from this company and will just say take it up with them

ashmac2 h, 10 m ago

I’ve had 2 of these in the last 2 years First in McDonald’s Second in a loc …I’ve had 2 of these in the last 2 years First in McDonald’s Second in a local shopping centre What ever you do don’t contact them , once you do they will hound you , I got about 5 letters saying I’m going to court then the balifs are coming round bla bla . Once they k ow you ain’t going to reply they move on to the next victim . Do you really think they have time and money to take 1000s of people to court ?They work on a quick payment if they can’t get the money quick they leave it ,this is why they send letters trying to scare you Don’t make contact Don’t open letter They will go away



You are wrong here and it’s bad advice to be giving. Just because you ignored it and it went away doesn’t mean it will in this case. Also who is to say you don’t get a CCJ in the near future?

also aldi did get money from parking eye but it’s not their main source of income, we are and if you don’t speak up to them on the matter this sort of thing is going to get more and more common. Somerfield cancelled their contract with parking eye after complaints

It’s not a fine it’s an invoice for the cost of your over stay .

It’s a hot air , ignore it and you will be fine

WestMidlands12 h, 52 m ago

This is pointless


Why?
If we put this post in context, it should read:
A few months ago I decided to go shopping, and, as I was too tight to pay for parking. I thought, where can I park for free, and decided I could abuse Aldi’s free parking for their customers. I didn’t have any thought about stopping Aldi’s actual customers from parking, as I am quite selfish. Unfortunately I over-abused the free parking and got caught. Can anyone help me get out of this correctly issued parking fine.

Thats what is should read,

ashmac1 h, 47 m ago

It’s not a fine it’s an invoice for the cost of your over stay . It’s a hot …It’s not a fine it’s an invoice for the cost of your over stay . It’s a hot air , ignore it and you will be fine



This was correct pre 2012 because the company could only get the registered keepers identity and this could be different to the driver. The Protection of Freedoms Act brought in keepers liability so the keeper can not be liable for the ticket and the parking company can take you to court and get an enforceable fine.

please stop sprouting this rubbish because you don’t know anything about this process

ashmac1 h, 55 m ago

It’s not a fine it’s an invoice for the cost of your over stay . It’s a hot …It’s not a fine it’s an invoice for the cost of your over stay . It’s a hot air , ignore it and you will be fine


i would never advise anyone to ignore demand for money. i have seen those cant pay we take it away program and people who ignore demands end up in court, paying thousands in bailiff fees and court fees. an original debt of £700 ending up £3,000 because they ignored it. if they had a brain and paid the £700 in the first place, they could have saved everyone's time, including themselves, and their own money to the tune of £2,300! idiots.

mutley122 m ago

i would never advise anyone to ignore demand for money. i have seen those …i would never advise anyone to ignore demand for money. i have seen those cant pay we take it away program and people who ignore demands end up in court, paying thousands in bailiff fees and court fees. an original debt of £700 ending up £3,000 because they ignored it. if they had a brain and paid the £700 in the first place, they could have saved everyone's time, including themselves, and their own money to the tune of £2,300! idiots.


I watched the same show you watched. The daughter kept using a particular car park and ignored the parking charge notice (or whatever the technical name is) after it went to High Court it ended up being £3k instead of £700. The parents were really miffed at her stupidity.

As for this actual instance. It was 8mins longer than the 2hrs maximum which IMHO would be the only thing to question/challenge.

Yes contact the store manager and politely ask if they can sort but get it in writing. If the store cannot/will not help then offer a small fee to cover the additional time (again offer it in writing)

AFAIK although the laws/rules have changed these private companies still have to issue reasonable charges to cover their losses and that's the point I'd challenge if I thought the fine was excessive.

philphil615 m ago

I watched the same show you watched. The daughter kept using a particular …I watched the same show you watched. The daughter kept using a particular car park and ignored the parking charge notice (or whatever the technical name is) after it went to High Court it ended up being £3k instead of £700. The parents were really miffed at her stupidity.As for this actual instance. It was 8mins longer than the 2hrs maximum which IMHO would be the only thing to question/challenge. Yes contact the store manager and politely ask if they can sort but get it in writing. If the store cannot/will not help then offer a small fee to cover the additional time (again offer it in writing) AFAIK although the laws/rules have changed these private companies still have to issue reasonable charges to cover their losses and that's the point I'd challenge if I thought the fine was excessive.


there were so many incidents on the show where the original claim, not just parking, but all sorts of claims, starts off a few hundred quid but by the time they make it to the show it had increased 5 to 6 times the original claim, just crazy. and all because the defendant just buried their head in the sand, hoping it will go away. they try all sorts, like hiding at a different address down the road, hoping the bailiffs won't find them. lol.

Does the PCN mention PoFA (Protection of Freedoms Act 2012)? If so, ANPR tickets should be issued no later than 14 days after the alleged infringement.

Original Poster

Thanks for all comments, I have contacted Aldi who agreed with me & have cancelled the charge.
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