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    • AlexFayBird
    • By AlexFayBird 6th Jul 18, 12:30 PM
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    UKPC Parking Charge - To pay or not to pay?
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    • 6th Jul 18, 12:30 PM
    UKPC Parking Charge - To pay or not to pay? 6th Jul 18 at 12:30 PM
    Hi All,

    I know this has been discussed many times on here but I am new to MSE forums so some help would be greatly appreciated!
    I live in a large private block of flats with no parking - not even for visitors. The only spaces available are disabled bays, of which there are 5 and 2 'club' car spaces as we have 2 Enterprise Rent-A-Cars that we can use at a cost. We only have one disabled person in the block out of 161 flats. As the flats were built with no parking for owners or guests, people have started to use the disabled bays for brief visits etc. There are also a couple of areas with no yellow lines around the bays people park sometimes too.
    My other half who doesn't live with me has parked in one of the disabled bays and been given a fine of 100 from UKPC. The land and spaces are privately owned, hence why UKPC gave us a ticket and not the local council.
    After reading lots of different threads, I am not sure if I should pay this fine or ride it out?
    They have written to my boyfriend twice now and the latest letter dated this week says if he doesn't pay they will pass his details on to their debt collection agency. The next stage is then County Court - the last thing we want is having bad debt against his name as we may want to apply for a joint mortgage next year.
    Any thoughts on what action, if any, we should take?
    Thanks so much!
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    • Quentin
    • By Quentin 6th Jul 18, 12:42 PM
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    • 6th Jul 18, 12:42 PM
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    • 6th Jul 18, 12:42 PM
    Everyone is politely asked to read up on this in the Newbies FAQ thread near the top of the forum before starting a new thread

    Go there now to learn about the game you are now caught up in and how to deal with this

    Throughout here you are advised never to reveal who was driving.

    You need to edit your post to remove details of who was driving

    If you have inadvertently used your real name as your forum name then ask MSE to change it to something completely anonymous

    The ppcs monitor this forum and can use posts in your thread against you
    • AlexFayBird
    • By AlexFayBird 6th Jul 18, 12:50 PM
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    • 6th Jul 18, 12:50 PM
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    • 6th Jul 18, 12:50 PM
    Thank you - I didn't get an email referring me to the Newbie FAQ so wouldn't have know that.

    No one was driving and I haven't revealed any names so shouldn't be an issue.

    NO idea what PPCS is and if it has anything to do with my post!
    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 6th Jul 18, 1:15 PM
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    • 6th Jul 18, 1:15 PM
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    • 6th Jul 18, 1:15 PM
    Thank you - I didn't get an email referring me to the Newbie FAQ so wouldn't have know that.
    Originally posted by AlexFayBird
    Stickies/info threads and the value of reading them first, before posting were fully explained in the basic board info you clearly confirmed having read and understood as part of your signup, so there is no need to send you any other communication about them - which also gives us every reason to assume you have informed yourself on at least the basics before you ask a question.

    Please go back and read them now - the link is at the top of every page, then the Newbies Sticky at the top of this board, which will give you up to date info and a guide to the whole process. Then any refinement can be done here.

    I also don't know where you read any thread here advising you to pay anything - this is entirely against the ethos of this board!
    Last edited by pogofish; 06-07-2018 at 1:25 PM.
    • Quentin
    • By Quentin 6th Jul 18, 1:24 PM
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    • 6th Jul 18, 1:24 PM
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    • 6th Jul 18, 1:24 PM
    Thank you - I didn't get an email referring me to the Newbie FAQ so wouldn't have know that.

    No one was driving and I haven't revealed any names so shouldn't be an issue.

    NO idea what PPCS is and if it has anything to do with my post!
    Originally posted by AlexFayBird
    No one was driving will be a unique defence until we get driverless cars!

    You did identify the driver. Refer only to the driver/keeper etc in the third person

    You need to spend much more time studying the FAQ to understand This. Though so far you haven't spent any time there since simply starting your thread!

    Acronyms used here are also covered there!
    • Coupon-mad
    • By Coupon-mad 6th Jul 18, 7:11 PM
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    • 6th Jul 18, 7:11 PM
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    • 6th Jul 18, 7:11 PM
    Why would anyone from MSE send an email saying to look at the NEWBIES thread? They wouldn't know which board you were interested in reading/posting on, the forum is enormous!

    It's a sticky (info) thread near the top. If you had come here earlier and read it, and followed the appeal templates, you would have seen the PCN cancelled by now.

    What date was the PCN and what date on the letters?
    PRIVATE PCN? DON'T PAY BUT DO NOT IGNORE IT TWO Clicks needed for advice:
    Top of the page: Home>>Forums>Household & Travel>Motoring>Parking Tickets, Fines & Parking - read the 'NEWBIES' FAQS thread!
    Advice to ignore is WRONG, unless in Scotland/NI.

    • The Deep
    • By The Deep 6th Jul 18, 7:16 PM
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    • #7
    • 6th Jul 18, 7:16 PM
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    • 6th Jul 18, 7:16 PM
    This is an entirely unregulated industry which is scamming the public with inflated claims for minor breaches of contracts for alleged parking offences, aided and abetted by a handful of low-rent solicitors.

    Parking Eye, CPM, Smart, and another company have already been named and shamed, as has Gladstones Solicitors, and BW Legal, (these two law firms take hundreds of these cases to court each year). They lose most of them, and have been reported to the regulatory authority by an M.P. for unprofessional conduct

    Hospital car parks and residential complex tickets have been especially mentioned.

    The problem has become so rampant that MPs have agreed to enact a Bill to regulate these scammers. Watch the video of the Second Reading in the HofC recently.

    http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/2f0384f2-eba5-4fff-ab07-cf24b6a22918?in=12:49:41

    and complain in the most robust terms to your MP. With a fair wind they will be out of business by Christmas.
    You never know how far you can go until you go too far.
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