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Parking ticket from 10/2017 is it still valid?Ive received a CCBC

Hope you're doing well. I'm in a bit of a pickle and could use some advice about a letter I got from a court. Sorry if this message is a bit long, but I'd really appreciate any help you can give.

Back in October 2017, I got a parking ticket for parking on private property that belongs to the people who are now taking me to court. They say I broke the rules. The court letter says I was supposed to pay within 28 days, but I didn't, so now they're saying I owe them money.

Honestly, I don't remember the exact situation and whether I really did something wrong. So, I have a few questions:

  1. Seeing Pictures: Can I ask them for pictures or any proof to remind me of what happened? It would really help me understand what's going on and whether I should pay up.

  2. Ignoring Letters: I have to admit, I didn't pay much attention to letters from MET Parking Services Ltd and DCB Legal Ltd before this court thing. Now that I have this court letter, I'm worried. What should I do?

  3. What to Do Now: Should I just admit I did something wrong and try to work out a way to pay what they're asking? Or since I don't remember well, can I say I disagree and maybe not owe anything? Are there any good reasons I could use to explain my side?

I know this might be a legal thing, and I'm planning to talk to a legal expert. But your initial thoughts would mean a lot and help me figure things out better.

Thanks a bunch for taking the time to read this. If you need more info to help me out, just let me know.

YOur help will be highly appreciated 

Best Wishes ,



  • KeithP
    KeithP Forumite Posts: 35,399
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    Hello and welcome.

    Are you saying that you have received a County Court Claim Form?
    If so, please tell us the Issue Date on it.
  • B789
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    You'll get better legal advice here than from any "legal expert" you plan on paying for.

    Why on earth would you "consider paying" a speculative invoice for an alleged breach of contract from an unregulated private parking company?

    @KeithP has asked you a question so please answer it so that we can begin assisting. Also, you must read the Newbies/FAQ thread which will give you a better idea of where you are in this process. 

    As you are dealing with the intellectually malnourished DCB Legal, if it is a claim form you have received, then you will be glad to hear that if you follow the advice you receive here and defend it robustly using the template defence, it is more than 99% likely that it will eventually be discontinued.
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  • Coupon-mad
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    edited 24 August at 1:14AM
    I know this might be a legal thing, and I'm planning to talk to a legal expert.
    Please don't.

    Parking law is a niche area.  We know it inside out and we win cases. Solicitors don't have much of a clue.

    They won't know that DCBLegal discontinue ALL well-defended single PCN claims!  Really simple to win these cases and there will be no hearing.

    "What to Do Now: Should I just admit...?"

    NONONO!!  You defend it. Dead easy even for incidents you know nothing about.

    Assuming you have a Court Claim Form please tell us the Issue Date on it. 
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  • Umkomaas
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    If DCB Legal are involved, you should read the following thread. It's not the green light for complacency, you must go through all the processes demanded by a court claim against you, but it does hopefully provide you with some confidence that you will come through this unscathed. Follow the plan.

    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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