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Is it illegal to ignore the parking charge notice and what happens if I do?

Ignoring the parking fee notice can result in heavy fines and even criminal charges against drivers for parking on private land.

Not all parking tickets are created equal, and the consequences of skipping a parking ticket depend on which ticket you get.

You could be taken to court for ignoring or refusing to pay a private parking fee

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You could be taken to court for ignoring or refusing to pay a private parking feeCredit: Alamy

A government official issues a notice of penalty fees for illegal parking while a parking fee notice is issued by a private company when parking a vehicle on private land.

Is it illegal to ignore the parking fee notice?

Ignoring a parking fee notice issued by a private company is not entirely illegal, as it has not been issued by a government official.

However, when parking on private land, the driver and the landowner enter into an unwritten contract, the terms of which must be clearly stated and easy to understand.

By bypassing a parking fee charged by a private company, you are breaking your contract, against the law, with potentially serious consequences.

While these fees can be presented as fines, they are the official bill and are the responsibility of the registered owner of the vehicle, as opposed to the specific driver.

In Scotland and Northern Ireland, the rules are largely similar, however, the driver is responsible for the ticket – not the registered owner.

How much can you be fined for ignoring the parking fee notice?

The good news is that you can only be fined the flat amount shown on the bill for a parking fee notice.

The bad news is that you could be taken to court for ignoring or refusing to pay a private parking fee.

If you forgo a parking fee, the owner of the private property can take you to court to recover the cost of the penalty and could result in the driver of the car paying more than the original fare. surname.

If you are taken to court for parking fees and found guilty, you will have to pay any legal fees incurred, which could cost you significantly more than the parking fine.

You can also be charged with breach of contract in extreme cases.

How can I pay the notice parking fee?

Parking charge notices can be issued in several ways.

It may be given to the driver of the vehicle or placed on the windshield, a ‘Notice to Driver’, or it may be mailed to the registered driver of the vehicle, a ‘Notify the keeper’.

Each of these tickets will have specific instructions on how to pay the parking fee and may vary depending on the company that owns the private land.

To pay a penalty fee notice, a ticket has been issued by the official parking enforcement officer, you can do so through gov.uk website.

How can I challenge a parking fee notice?

It is not uncommon for parking fines to be overturned after a successful appeals process, with drivers across the UK saving thousands of pounds in fees.

You can challenge a parking fine by appealing directly to the parking operator who issued your parking fee notice.

You should write to the company explaining that you do not accept their bill and that you do not consider the fee reasonable.

You should also give reasons why you think it was unfair in the initial appeals.

An appeal must be submitted within 28 days of receipt of the parking charge notice.

It is important to remember that with private parking tickets, the burden of proof rests with the private company that issued the ticket.

If they can’t prove why they issued the ticket, your appeal will likely be successful.

If your appeal is denied, you can contact POPLA (Private Land Parking Claim) if the company is registered with the British Parking Association (BPA).

If the company is not registered with BPA, they will let you know who to refer to your denied appeal, possibly the International Parking Community (IPC).

There are several reasons for a parking fee capsized, including funerals and mechanical problems.

Almost two million drivers fined in the first quarter of the 2021/22 financial year.

With a fine cap of £100, private firms are believed to have made claims of up to £840m in 2019/20 and £195m in the first three months of this financial year.

Ignoring penalty fee notices is illegal and may result in larger fines and possibly enforcement action to recover the debt.

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Ignoring penalty fee notices is illegal and may result in larger fines and possibly enforcement action to recover the debt.Credit: Alamy

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