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    • paul3737
    • By paul3737 15th Oct 16, 1:13 AM
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    Advice on 3 year old ticket please...
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    • 15th Oct 16, 1:13 AM
    Advice on 3 year old ticket please... 15th Oct 16 at 1:13 AM
    Hi all, another guy seeking some advice please...


    I received a parking notice in June 2013 for parking in a mother and baby spot at my local Sainsburys. I followed the advice on here and ignored the numerous requests for payment and threats of court action, it eventually went quiet, I got a letter again about 6 months ago and then again today I received a letter on Gladstones Solicitors paper giving me 14 days to pay the £160 or else.....
    Anyway, I think I am now regretting not appealing the ticket initially as I am sure there were a number of errors in the issueing of the ticket.


    The ticket was on my windscreen in the usual Parking Charge Notice envelope.
    The ticket itself is handwritten with what looks like pencil, I haven't been able to upload a photo but it says :-


    SO08 K**
    Fine of £60 will now be given unless paid within 14 days where it will be £30
    Car Alfa Romeo
    date 26.6.13
    colour red
    Sainsburys Macclesfield
    SMTC 1
    Parent and Child bay


    On the back is the SMART Parking payment details etc.
    Had I appealed I guess my argument is that only the Police or Council can issue fines, but I think I'm to late to argue that now.


    Any advice on what I should do now would be much appreciated.
    Thanks in advance
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    • Coupon-mad
    • By Coupon-mad 15th Oct 16, 1:19 AM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 1:19 AM
    Sounds like a debt collector letter (from a Solicitor on the face of it, that's all) not a letter before Court?

    £160 sounds like Debt Recovery plus yet you've said this is Gladstones? Please confirm - Smart parking?
    PRIVATE PCN in England/Wales? DON'T PAY BUT DO NOT IGNORE IT

    Click on the trail, top of this page: Home>>Forums>Household & Travel>Motoring>Parking Tickets, Fines & Parking - read the 'NEWBIES' FAQS thread!
    DON'T read old advice to ignore, unless in Scotland/NI.

    • Umkomaas
    • By Umkomaas 15th Oct 16, 8:12 AM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 8:12 AM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 8:12 AM
    There's a pattern starting to emerge of a Smart/DRP/Gladstones arrangement. Maybe it will become another BWL-style blizzard?

    Stick a solicitors' logo and address on a debt collection letter and watch the payments roll in, and all share in the spoils!

    A 2016 version of Graham White?
    We cannot provide you with a silver bullet to get you out of this. You have to be in for the long run, and need to involve yourself in research and work for you to get rid of this. It is not simple. We will help, but can't do it for you.

    Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
    • trisontana
    • By trisontana 15th Oct 16, 8:32 AM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 8:32 AM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 8:32 AM
    Did they actually use the word "fine" on that initial windscreen ticket?
    What part of "A whop bop-a-lu a whop bam boo" don't you understand?
    • IamEmanresu
    • By IamEmanresu 15th Oct 16, 8:49 AM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 8:49 AM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 8:49 AM
    The "Gladstones" letter usually says pay DRPL. Does it?
    Life's for living, get on with it rather than worrying about these. If they hassle, counter claim.
    • paul3737
    • By paul3737 15th Oct 16, 5:33 PM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 5:33 PM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 5:33 PM
    Thanks for the replies.
    The letters did used to be from Debt Recovery plus, this is the 1st from Gladstones, saying pretty much the same as previous letters had... but the amount they want I think has increased.


    Yes, they did write the word 'Fine' on the ticket.


    So, do you think I should carry on ignoring?


    Cheers
    • Coupon-mad
    • By Coupon-mad 15th Oct 16, 9:17 PM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 9:17 PM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 9:17 PM
    The "Gladstones" letter usually says pay DRPL. Does it?
    Originally posted by IamEmanresu
    Please answer this question.
    PRIVATE PCN in England/Wales? DON'T PAY BUT DO NOT IGNORE IT

    Click on the trail, top of this page: Home>>Forums>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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