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Hi, my partner received a parking ticket from a company not registered to a body but may have a sister company that is. It says to contact them to pay and have to look up online but there is no reduced charge for paying within a certain time frame. Is it best to sit and wait and see if they contact and then dispute if a letter comes?

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  • The_Slithy_ToveThe_Slithy_Tove Forumite
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    Tell us who it's actually from, and we might be able to give some advice.

    Who it the parking charge from? Who does it say to pay? Who is the alleged sister company? What did the signs in the car park say, and who did they claim "ran" the car park?

    Better still, post up a redacted copy of the parking charge?
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    ShakeItOffShakeItOff Forumite
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    edited 28 February 2019 at 6:19PM
    First thing first - have a read of the NEWBIES post at the top of the board, Post #1 tells you about appeals.

    [STRIKE]There is a template appeal letter (blue text) in post 1 - send that to the company, unchanged, and definitely NOT admitting who the driver was.[/STRIKE] (Edited to strike through, as KeithP below has spotted that they are non-AOS)
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  • KeithPKeithP Forumite
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    Probably best not to send an appeal just yet if the PPC is not a member of either Approved Operator Scheme, as that will give the operator a name and address that they have no other way of getting.

    Who is the parking company?
  • ShakeItOffShakeItOff Forumite
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    KeithP wrote: »
    Probably best not to send an appeal just yet if the PPC is not a member of either Approved Operator Scheme, as that will give the operator a name and address that they have no other way of getting.

    Who is the parking company?

    Excellent point! Yes, exactly that!
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    ShakeItOff wrote: »
    Excellent point! Yes, exactly that!

    You forgot to answer the question.
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  • edited 28 February 2019 at 9:58PM
    girllikeme1girllikeme1 Forumite
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    edited 28 February 2019 at 9:58PM
    The ticket has come from myparkingcharge.co.uk.
    There's very little on the notice itself. It says it's not a parking charge notice. Further instructions direct you to enter a serial number online where the parking charge is detailed.
    It says they have photographs and yes there are signs.
    We had a ticket but parked incorrectly. Obviously didn't realise until too late and I think is disputable.
  • The_Slithy_ToveThe_Slithy_Tove Forumite
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    The ticket has come from myparkingcharge.co.uk.
    There's very little on the notice itself. It says it's not a parking charge notice.
    Ah, one of those sneaky ones which claim it's not a Notice to Driver to let them think they can get around POFA.
    Surely if it's not a parking charge, there's nothing to appeal. It's just a windscreen flyer.
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    The ticket has come from myparkingcharge.co.uk.
    There's very little on the notice itself. It says it's not a parking charge notice. Further instructions direct you to enter a serial number online where the parking charge is detailed.
    It says they have photographs and yes there are signs.
    We had a ticket but parked incorrectly. Obviously didn't realise until too late and I think is disputable.

    That will be from a parking company that is in an AOS. There are a couple of companies that use this dodgy system.

    Check out the thread at the top of this board that tells Newbies to read it first. There is a bit about this scam in there.
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    The ticket has come from myparkingcharge.co.uk.
    There's very little on the notice itself. It says it's not a parking charge notice. Further instructions direct you to enter a serial number online where the parking charge is detailed.
    This is already covered in the NEWBIES thread.

    If they later sue, there is even an example defence for a VCS 'myparkingcharge' claim.
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  • The_DeepThe_Deep Forumite
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    This is an entirely unregulated industry which is scamming the public with inflated claims for minor breaches of alleged contracts for alleged parking offences, aided and abetted by a handful of low-rent solicitors. Is has been suggested by an MP that some of these companies may have connections to organised crime.

    Parking Eye, CPM, Smart, (especially Smart}, and others have already been named and shamed in the House of Commons as have Gladstones Solicitors, and BW Legal, (these two law firms take hundreds of these cases to court each week), hospital car parks and residential complex tickets have been especially mentioned. They lose most of them, and have been reported to the regulatory authority by an M.P. for unprofessional conduct

    The problem become so widespread that MPs agreed to enact a Bill to regulate these scammers. Hopefully, this will become law by Easter .
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