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    • Muelo
    • By Muelo 9th Mar 17, 11:02 AM
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    • 9th Mar 17, 11:02 AM
    Help 9th Mar 17 at 11:02 AM
    I am new to this forum so apologies if I get this wrong, although I did try and read all the rules carefully.
    I have received a letter from DRP about an unpaid parking charge. The charge was given to me on 12.1.16 for failure to display a valid permit. My workplace uses a private contractor (ethical parking) to run its car park. I have a permit and had bought a scratch card, but had failed to display the permit properly.
    I challenged the charge, but it was dismissed by return of email. My argument was that I had placed the permit, but it had slid down the windscreen. They sent me photographic evidence, which seemed to back up their claim. However, the photos were very poor and in my opinion, they would not conclusively prove that I didn't have the permit.
    I then ignored their charge. Fast forward to now, and I have a final settlement offer letter. I have been paralysed with indecision and now have until 15.3.17 to pay. What should I do now? What are the costs associated with this charge if they take me to court and I lose?
    Any advice gratefully received.
    Muelo
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    • Coupon-mad
    • By Coupon-mad 9th Mar 17, 11:09 AM
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    My argument was that I had placed the permit, but it had slid down the windscreen. They sent me photographic evidence, which seemed to back up their claim. However, the photos were very poor and in my opinion, they would not conclusively prove that I didn't have the permit.
    Agreed, Ethical signage (small print) & evidence is woeful. Your workplace has taken on an un-ethical bunch of ex-clampers, so shame on them for not checking who they were letting loose near your cars.

    Ignore Ethical, they are not the sharpest legal brains...easy to defend but they are not known for court. Relax!

    Why didn't you come here when they gave you a POPLA code? Would have been EASY to win! Next time come here before appealing.
    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.

    • fisherjim
    • By fisherjim 9th Mar 17, 12:13 PM
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    • 9th Mar 17, 12:13 PM
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    Don't worry about DRP they are useless muppets as it clearly states time and time again on this forum, why didn't you complain to your company straight away?
    To quote the words of the great Count Arthur Strong "You Couldn't make it up"
    • Muelo
    • By Muelo 14th Mar 17, 2:27 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 2:27 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 2:27 PM
    Thank you. I have complained, and yes we are really angry that the company (a University) uses these people, but they just said not their problem.. I didn't appeal as a colleague told me not to have any contact. I am just worried that if I don't pay and like an idiot I did nothing and am too late for POPLA it will end up costing me hundreds of ££.
    Should I just ignore this final settlement offer and wait to see whether they do take me to court??
    • Redx
    • By Redx 14th Mar 17, 2:30 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 2:30 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 2:30 PM
    if this goes to court and you lose a typical charge is about the same as the DRP settlement figure, so say between £175 and £225 (as its the small claims court)

    best bet is to fight it in court (if it gets that far) and pay up promptly if a judge says so (the judgment) - paying promptly ensures there is no CCJ

    if you win , you pay nothing and can claim back up to about £90

    IGNORE DRP, they can do nothing
    Newbies !!
    Private Parking ticket? check the 2 sticky threads by coupon-mad and crabman in the Parking Tickets, Fines & Parking Board forum for the latest advice or maybe try pepipoo or C.A.G. or legal beagles forums if you need legal advice as well because this parking forum is not about debt collectors or legal matters per se
    • Half_way
    • By Half_way 14th Mar 17, 2:45 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 2:45 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 2:45 PM
    is not surprising the photos of your permit were not clear, ppcs specialise in poor photos of permits and p&d tickets from angles that obscure such things.
    From the Plain Language Commission:

    "The BPA has surely become one of the most socially dangerous organisations in the UK"
    • Muelo
    • By Muelo 14th Mar 17, 3:06 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 3:06 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 3:06 PM
    Thanks all. I will ignore it and wait to see if they take me to court. Just one last thing, they also say that they may add court fees and solicitor's costs. Is this expensive?
    • Redx
    • By Redx 14th Mar 17, 3:41 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 3:41 PM
    I already told you what the typical figures would be in my last post , this included those fees , anything greater than that you will ask the judge to strike out due to it being small claims court
    Newbies !!
    Private Parking ticket? check the 2 sticky threads by coupon-mad and crabman in the Parking Tickets, Fines & Parking Board forum for the latest advice or maybe try pepipoo or C.A.G. or legal beagles forums if you need legal advice as well because this parking forum is not about debt collectors or legal matters per se
    • Muelo
    • By Muelo 14th Mar 17, 4:34 PM
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    Thanks Redx
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