I have just parked in a car park allegedly run by a private company. It is not supervised or monitored to protect my vehicle. I was in a rush purchased a ticket and returned 20 minutes late to find a van parked by my car having clamped it. He wanted £120.00 to release the car and had written out a ticket. I rang the police who informed me that this was civil matter. The notice I saw above me warned of being clamped but I could not see no tariff of how much this would be if I was late and besides the notice where I was revealed a different company to whom I was asked to pay. I looked at other notices and they seemed to say the same company as the man who told me to pay. I later found out that my car has been damaged slightly by the where the clamp has been. I rang the company up and was told to write in but because I was late back there was nothing I could do. I asked if some discount could be applied if the van was still parked there and had only just put the clamp and didn't have to return to where I was but was told they had to be consistent in what they charge. My questions were also are they allowed to charge so much, what do I do about the damage to my car I was told to write in - I asked whom I was talking to but was told I was talking to officer no 47!!! The company was called Ethical Parking Management. Surely they cannot be justified to charge this much for a fine??? What shall I do????
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  • maninthestreetmaninthestreet Forumite
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    why were you clamped if you had a valid parking ticket?
    "You were only supposed to blow the bl**dy doors off!!"
  • peter_the_piperpeter_the_piper Forumite
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    Unfortunately there is currently no law to say how or that they can clamp you. I presume it was because you were late after expirey of the tickey. How did you pay? were the signs visible and numerous? Can you walk back there and get pics of them from where you entered the car park and from where you parked. Also of all the details on the sign you did see.
    Did you get a receipt? Did it have a SIA number on it plus the name and signature of the rat concerned.
    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.
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    esmerobboesmerobbo Forumite
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    edited 27 April 2011 at 5:47PM
    Clamping for alleged debts is illegal, does this then make it justifiable to cut the clamp off? Mind you I would cut it off anyway!!:D

    If the operator is not SIA licensed and or does not show you his licence and lets you copy the number, then it is then not a civil matter. However getting the police to act is another matter!

    If it comes that you need to pay to get the car back. Try and pay by credit card and keep everything, unfortunately the small claims court will be the only way to get your money back. Were you will need to sue the clamper's and the landowners!
  • peter_the_piperpeter_the_piper Forumite
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    esmerobbo wrote: »
    Clamping for alleged debts is illegal, does this then make it justifiable to cut the clamp off? Mind you I would cut it off anyway!!:D

    If the operator is not SIA licensed and or does not show you his licence and lets you copy the number, then it is then not a civil matter. However getting the police to act is another matter!

    If it comes that you need to pay to get the car back. Try and pay by credit card and keep everything, unfortunately the small claims court will be the only way to get your money back. Were you will need to sue the clamper's and the landowners!
    Am I missing something or are you replying to a different thread? :rotfl:
    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.
  • Am I missing something or are you replying to a different thread? :rotfl:

    Think he is lol
    Excel Parking, MET Parking, Combined Parking Solutions, VP Parking Solutions, ANPR PC Ltd, & Roxburghe Debt Collectors. What do they all have in common?
    They are all or have been suspended from accessing the DVLA database for gross misconduct!
    Do you really need to ask what kind of people run parking companies?
  • peter_the_piperpeter_the_piper Forumite
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    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.

  • Yeah it is, the person posted on a thread on here, said to try pepipoo as well, think he thought he was on the new generation thread below ;)
    Excel Parking, MET Parking, Combined Parking Solutions, VP Parking Solutions, ANPR PC Ltd, & Roxburghe Debt Collectors. What do they all have in common?
    They are all or have been suspended from accessing the DVLA database for gross misconduct!
    Do you really need to ask what kind of people run parking companies?
  • esmerobboesmerobbo Forumite
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    Am I missing something or are you replying to a different thread? :rotfl:

    A lesson learnt don't take painkillers before you post!:o Cant even find the one I was replying too now.:o

    Pain or old age I don't know!!;)
  • esmerobboesmerobbo Forumite
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    taffy056 wrote: »
    Think he is lol
    taffy056 wrote: »
    Yeah it is, the person posted on a thread on here, said to try pepipoo as well, think he thought he was on the new generation thread below ;)

    That's it going for a lay down in a dark room!:o
  • peter_the_piperpeter_the_piper Forumite
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    I have those sorts of days most days. I work for my 82 yr old MIL so I have a good reason as well.
    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.
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