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Euro Car Parks ticket

erzsebel
erzsebel Posts: 6 Forumite
edited 21 February 2014 at 10:54AM in Parking tickets, fines & parking
I expect this is a story you have heard before, but everyone I have spoken to has recommended asking on this forum. I received a ticket at an ECP after paying for one hour when I needed two (distracted by my child at the point of buying the ticket). As far as I know, the signage is clear, but I will check that today. Do I understand correctly that there is no point appealing on the grounds of mitigating circumstances (distraction!) or decency (I was doing voluntary work) - I simply need to use a template and refuse to pay?

I find the thought of receiving threatening letters stressful and I'm tempted to pay just to avoid them; but equally I can see that this is exactly how the scam works and that makes me cross.

One technical question: If I lose an appeal, do I then end up paying £70 instead of the £40?

TIA for any support/advice
Karen.
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  • Redx
    Redx Posts: 38,084
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    this thread tells you all you need to know http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4816822

    this thread tells you why you should appeal http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4835943

    mitigation may work with a PPC (but rarely does)

    mitigation will definitely NOT WORK at popla, so you use legal arguments instead
  • The_Deep
    The_Deep Posts: 16,830 Forumite
    edited 21 February 2014 at 11:40AM
    How much do you owe them? Send them that amount plus a fiver for their trouble. They will probably send it back, but it will knock back their chances of a win if they are daft enough to go to court.
    You never know how far you can go until you go too far.
  • Coupon-mad
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    The_Deep wrote: »
    How much do you owe them? Send them that amount plus a fiver for their trouble. They will probably send it back, but it will knock back their chances of a win if they are daft enough to go to court.

    Well I wouldn't recommend this but if you did offer a small amount you'd have to enclose it as a cheque along with a strong challenge (otherwise you throw away your appeal deadline and POPLA. We win at POPLA so that's where you want this to go.

    Erzsebel, please read the 'stickies' (important info & FAQs stuck to the top of the forum like notices) just like we tell all other newbies to do!

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?p=64274803

    Links there in case you haven't yet found how to click to page one (see my signature, black wording tells you the place to click to get 'home' from a thread!).
    PRIVATE 'PCN'? DON'T PAY BUT DON'T IGNORE IT (except N.Ireland).
    CLICK at the top of this/any page where it says:
    Forum Home»Motoring»Parking Tickets Fines & Parking - read the NEWBIES THREAD
  • Thanks everyone, you're awesome. I'm waiting for the NTK (which is not coming to me, mwahahaha). I'll keep you posted!
  • Coupon-mad
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    erzsebel wrote: »
    Thanks everyone, you're awesome. I'm waiting for the NTK (which is not coming to me, mwahahaha). I'll keep you posted!


    That's OK as long as it's coming to your partner, etc. NOT OK if it's a company/lease/hire car (as covered on the NEWBIES sticky, this is a dodgy situation where the driver should not wait).
    PRIVATE 'PCN'? DON'T PAY BUT DON'T IGNORE IT (except N.Ireland).
    CLICK at the top of this/any page where it says:
    Forum Home»Motoring»Parking Tickets Fines & Parking - read the NEWBIES THREAD
  • erzsebel
    erzsebel Posts: 6 Forumite
    Yes it is, and don't worry, I've virtually memorised the newbies threads.
  • erzsebel
    erzsebel Posts: 6 Forumite
    We now have the Notice To Keeper, so I am now prepared to make an appeal and request a POPLA number. I have photographs of the signage in the car park but to be quite fair they are plainly visible and I don't think I can claim that they don't comply with the ATA code of practice. Presumably it's best just to miss this paragraph out?

    The NTK states "Breach of terms and conditions: Failure to adhere to signage on site." From reading the newbie posts I think I understand correctly that this is not a legally binding thing, so can follow the template on that.

    I was rather hoping it would just go away. Never mind.

    Karen
  • Redx
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    just use the template as you are going to make them prove their case on all issues , its not your task to prove their case for them

    so put them to the test by including everything , no matter what you think

    then draft your popla appeal in notepad and include all the usual points, in order to make them prove their case, which they may not be able to do or may slip up , or both

    these things never "go away" in england or wales since POFA 2012 18 months ago
  • erzsebel
    erzsebel Posts: 6 Forumite
    I've submitted an appeal through their online form, using the template. Reading through the threads I see I'm not the only one losing sleep over such a ridiculously trivial matter. I don't know why it bothers me so much.

    Thanks for your help!
    Karen
  • erzsebel
    erzsebel Posts: 6 Forumite
    Should I expect some kind of acknowledgement after submitting my appeal to Euro Car Parks? I haven't seen anything either by email or post. How do I know it was received?
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