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    • Cmyoung
    • By Cmyoung 13th Oct 16, 1:34 PM
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    Smart Parking LTD requesting settlement by solicitors
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    Smart Parking LTD requesting settlement by solicitors 13th Oct 16 at 1:34 PM
    I got a parking ticket at the University I attend ( in Edinburgh, Scotland) and I've always been told to ignore private parking tickets (Smart Parking LTD). I've ignored it until now, I have a letter from Gladstones Solicitors requesting payment through debt recovery plus.co.uk within 14 days of £160. This is worrying because the letter mentions court and credit score..

    Can someone give me some advice please? Thank you
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    • beamerguy
    • By beamerguy 13th Oct 16, 1:55 PM
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    I got a parking ticket at the University I attend ( in Edinburgh, Scotland) and I've always been told to ignore private parking tickets (Smart Parking LTD). I've ignored it until now, I have a letter from Gladstones Solicitors requesting payment through debt recovery plus.co.uk within 14 days of £160. This is worrying because the letter mentions court and credit score..

    Can someone give me some advice please? Thank you
    Originally posted by Cmyoung
    Do you actually live in scotland ?

    Gladstones are a disfunctional type of solicitor who lose in court because they don't get their facts correct.

    Are they actually saying that you should pay DRP ?
    DRP are another disfunctional firm who everyone ignores as they are powerless.

    Gladstones are known for their empty threats and as far as your credit rating is concerned, these bovva boys need to take you to court first ... and win .... before anything like that happens.

    Don't panic but please tell the full circumstances of what happened
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    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 13th Oct 16, 2:14 PM
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    If you live in Scotland, and/or the alleged event happened in Scotland, only the driver is liable. As long as you don't tell them who was driving they are stumped.
    The best way not to tell them is to ignore anything and everything you get from them or their clueless representatives.

    I believe the Scottish CAB would be interested in this as unlike the English lot, they actually know about private parking scams.
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    Do you actually live in scotland ?
    Originally posted by beamerguy
    As per the above post, that doesn't matter - the event happened in Scotland.
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    • beamerguy
    • By beamerguy 13th Oct 16, 2:39 PM
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    I believe the Scottish CAB would be interested in this as unlike the English lot, they actually know about private parking scams.
    Originally posted by Fruitcake
    The CAB are useless, it is Trading Standards (Scotland)
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    • Umkomaas
    • By Umkomaas 13th Oct 16, 3:42 PM
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    I wonder if this is a new move by Gladstones/DRP as an attempt to lever up the pressure on Scottish motorists who are generally geared to 'ignore' but a few might just cave seeing the sols are now getting involved.

    I suspect this is either a pimping out of letterheads or Gladstones are on an income share with DRP.
    NEWBIES - wise up - DO NOT IGNORE A PARKING CHARGE NOTICE - you have been warned!

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    • beamerguy
    • By beamerguy 13th Oct 16, 3:48 PM
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    I wonder if this is a new move by Gladstones/DRP as an attempt to lever up the pressure on Scottish motorists who are generally geared to 'ignore' but a few might just cave seeing the sols are now getting involved.

    I suspect this is either a pimping out of letterheads or Gladstones are on an income share with DRP.
    Originally posted by Umkomaas
    Gladstones and DRP together, what a farce that will be.
    Mind you, the Panto season is not far away now
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    • Cmyoung
    • By Cmyoung 13th Oct 16, 5:07 PM
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    • 13th Oct 16, 5:07 PM
    Thank you for everyone's replies, I'm not sure on the parking ticket lingo hence me seeking out help! Basically, I parked at uni, I don't have a pass that is meant to be displayed (as many other don't as well - and since it's private parking I was always told you could park in it, you'll get a ticket but ignore it) well I got a ticket + ignored it! I've had a few letters from Smart Parking LTD but others have told me to ignore them as well. Then I received the letter from gladstones solicitors (Cheshire).
    (Yes I live in Scotland and my car is registered to my address)

    Ok here goes... I'll write out most of the letter...

    Due to the absence of payment or a valid appeal our client has instructed us to recover the total amount due to them as shown above. (£160)
    As all other attempts have failed, our client may now instruct us to take legal action against you in the county court. To prevent such action, we invite you to make a payment to DRPL immediately or confirm in writing to DRPL your proposals in respect of this debt. Please note: all proposals should be sent directly to DRPL, proposals sent to Gladstones solicitors may not be considered.
    In order to avoid any further action you should pay the full amount outstanding of £160 within 14 days of this letter. You can make payment online at debtrecoveryplus or by calling their payment line on .....
    Please note the additional costs associated with issuing a claim and the subsequent potential enforcement action is likely to increase the debt. Such costs will include but are not limited to: the court fees, fixed costs for issuing the claim, judgement costs and warrant fees and costs. This may increase if the claim is defended.
    It is important that you understand that if a judgement is registered against you then this could seriously affect your chances of obtaining credit in the future as this imformation can be made available to any interested parties via the register of judgement, orders and fines, and will remain there for 6 years.
    Last edited by Cmyoung; 13-10-2016 at 5:50 PM.
    • pappa golf
    • By pappa golf 13th Oct 16, 5:18 PM
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    county court?
    Have YOU had to walk 500 miles?
    Were you advised to walk 500 more?
    You could be entitled to compensation.
    Call the Pro Claimers NOW.
    • Cmyoung
    • By Cmyoung 13th Oct 16, 5:48 PM
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    Yep.. 100% says 'County Court'
    • pappa golf
    • By pappa golf 13th Oct 16, 5:57 PM
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    obviously they think you are in England , should be fun when they file charges , expensive fun for them
    Have YOU had to walk 500 miles?
    Were you advised to walk 500 more?
    You could be entitled to compensation.
    Call the Pro Claimers NOW.
    • Coupon-mad
    • By Coupon-mad 13th Oct 16, 11:15 PM
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    As it's asking for a payment to DRPlus it's only a debt collector letter. Whilst I would normally suggest responding to any solicitor's letter, the event was in Scotland, where you live, and the letter mentions English courts so is merely a template threatogram.

    I would ignore this but file an online complaint to the SRA, stating which parts of the SRA Code* have been breached by this misleading drivel.



    * Google it!
    PRIVATE PCN in England/Wales? DON'T PAY BUT DO NOT IGNORE IT

    Click on the breadcrumb trail, top of page: Household & Travel > Motoring > Parking Tickets, Fines & Parking & READ THE 'NEWBIES' FAQS THREAD.
    DON'T read old advice to ignore, unless in Scotland/NI.

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