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Hi
i have read lots in here but still lost with what to do! And so many acronyms I’m not sure what some things mean!
i recently visited a car park and when I tried to pay online after (to a private company) it showed me an outstanding charge of £110 from a previous stay in 2017. After a few email exchanges with the company, they have told me this is a fine and they have sent numerous letters (from themselves and a debt collection company) BUT they have been going to my old address. Although I did inform the DVLA when I moved home, there was a bit of a delay. The ‘fine’ would have been sent to my old address about 3 months before I informed the DVLA, and so I have been blissfully unaware of this for over 3 years!! 
I’ve no idea what to do now...pay the fine, ignore them, tell them my new address?....please help
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  • edited 29 December 2020 at 11:08PM
    RedxRedx Forumite
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    edited 29 December 2020 at 11:08PM
    There is no fine , just an invoice from a private parking company , nobody has told you that it's a fine , just a Parking Charge Notice

    Letters before claim are being sent out at the moment to hundreds or thousands of people

    Acronyms are explained in the newbies FAQ sticky thread near the top of the forum , post five

    Which parking company and how long did they give you to contact them in the current letter ?
    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_wayHalf_way Forumite
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    Is your name Freya, and were you born in 1962?
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  • D_P_DanceD_P_Dance Forumite
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    they have told me this is a fine 

    Do you have that in writing, did they use the word "fine"?  Have you complained to your  MP?
    You never know how far you can go until you go too far.
  • Freya62Freya62 Forumite
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    Hi, thanks all, so, apologies they haven't called it a fine, just said 'parking charge' which is outstanding is 'in the hands of the debt collection agency'. Parking with ease and they have said they've sent lots of letters, but i haven't seen them (all correspondence has gone to my old address). I only found out about the debt because i went on to their site to pay for some parking recently and saw the outstanding charge there from 2017....
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    Email the DPO at PWE with a data rectification notice of your new address and enclose a copy of the V5C as proof of I D under the GDPR law

    Also email a SAR to the DPO at PWE and include a copy of the V5C as proof of I D under the GDPR law and obtain all your data including all documents etc
    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
  • Freya62Freya62 Forumite
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    Thank you, if they then send me a letter for the outstanding charge to my new address, should i pay it?!...
  • edited 30 December 2020 at 11:49AM
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    edited 30 December 2020 at 11:49AM
    You could show us a redacted picture of it , both sides , but hiding your personal details like name , address , VRM details , PCN reference and by other identifiers

    But plan A is your best option , written complaint to the landowner
    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
  • Freya62Freya62 Forumite
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    Hi, I did also contact the place i visited (ie. the landowner) and they have said there is nothing they can do. They said they have contacted PWE who said they have "incurred fees from the debt collection agency trying to obtain the money and they have sent 3 letters and ZZPS (debt collection agency) have also issued several letters". I'm a bit worried that if i send them my new address they will obviously send me a new letter for the debt....
  • RedxRedx Forumite
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    They will send them to you , what you don't want is a CCJ registered against you at your old address due to you not getting post , hence why you give them your new address

    A CCJ is much harder to unravel , but it's your choice , your problem , we can only advise you on the best actions to take

    Debt collectors work on a no win no fee basis , no costs were incurred !! Somebody is telling porkies
    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
  • UmkomaasUmkomaas Forumite
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    I'm a bit worried that if i send them my new address they will obviously send me a new letter for the debt....
    You'll be an awful lot more worried if they send a court claim, to your old address which you will be unaware of ....... until such time you find you have a CCJ issued against you, and your credit rating is trashed, and you will experience serious finance difficulties for the following 6 years. 

    Follow advice - we can't keep on having to justify it!
    Please note, we are not a legal advice forum. I personally don't get involved in critiquing court case Defences/Witness Statements, so unable to help on that front. Please don't ask. .
    I provide only my personal opinion, it is not a legal opinion, it is simply a personal one. I am not a lawyer.
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