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How to Appeal Aldi Parking Fine – Should You Pay?

Janine Marsh Thrifty Family
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Janine Marsh

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Janine is a financial expert who supports individuals with debt management, cost-saving resources, and navigating parking tickets.

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· Mar 1st, 2024
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Ever been given a parking ticket at Aldi? It can feel confusing and scary. But you’re not alone. Every month, over 32,000 people visit this site seeking advice on tickets and fines.

In this article, we’ll help you understand:

  •  Why Aldi gives parking tickets
  •  How to appeal against these tickets
  •  What happens if you don’t pay right away
  •  If private companies can make you pay fines
  •  How a parking fine can affect your credit score

We know it’s hard to get a ticket; some of us have been in the same boat. Don’t worry; we’ll guide you on how to deal with your Aldi parking fine.

Do You Have to Pay?

In some circumstances, you might have a legitimate reason not to pay your fine.

It’s a bit sneaky, but the last time I needed legal advice, I paid £5 for a trial to chat with an online solicitor called JustAnswer.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor feeds, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

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So, why does Parking Eye issue tickets in Aldi car parks?

Parking Eye issues parking charge notices to shoppers who break the T&Cs of using an Aldi car park. There should be signs at the entrance that provide the rules.

Plus, when you park in an Aldi car park but don’t shop in the store, you’ll get fined by Parking Eye. It’s part of the T&Cs that you shop in Aldi to park for free.

You’d also get a parking charge notice from Parking Eye if you parked for longer than 90 minutes!

Should you appeal an Aldi parking fine?

You can appeal an Aldi parking fine when you feel it’s not justified. First, make sure you gather enough evidence to support an appeal. Then try to file your appeal as early as possible. 

However, you have 28 days which is the time limit.

I say file the appeal early because if Parking Eye rejects it, you may still get to pay a reduced fine!

If you wait until after the 28-day deadline, you lose the right to appeal a parking charge notice.

Successful Appeal Case Study


Initial Fine £100
Additional Fees £171
Total Fine £271

The Appeal Process

Scott used JustAnswer, online legal service to enhance his appeal. The trial of this cost him just £5.

Total Fine £271
Cost of legal advice £5

JustAnswer helped Scott craft the best appeal possible and he was able to win his case.

Scott’s fine was cancelled and he only paid £5 for the legal help.

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How much does an Aldi parking fine cost?

Parking Eye can charge a capped amount for parking infringements. That said, the cap was lowered at the beginning of 2022, only for the legislation to be put on hold. It means private operators could charge you more than the new capped rate of £50!

But when you pay the parking ticket within 14 days, the operator could charge you up to 40% less than the original charge.

Can private parking companies enforce fines?

As a private operator, Parking Eye cannot legally demand payment from you. There must be a court order for a parking charge to be ‘enforceable’. So, the operator must win a case in court to get you to pay!

Should you pay an Aldi parking fine straight away?

No, don’t pay an Aldi parking fine straight away. First, check all the details on the parking charge notice are correct. Then, check the date you received the parking ticket in the post against the date of the alleged parking infringement.

When a parking charge notice is sent through the mail, it must arrive within 14 days. However, the time limit can be extended if the DVLA is slow to respond to a Parking Eye request.

Yes, Parking Eye is a British Parking Association (BPA) member. It means they can get the registered keeper’s details from the DVLA.

If you’re the registered keeper, the parking ticket lands through your letterbox!

Getting the support of a Solicitor can take a huge weight off your mind.

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Will Parking Eye chase me through the courts for non-payment?

Yes. Parking Eye could chase you through the courts for an unpaid Aldi parking fine. You’ll be ‘ordered to pay’ if they win the case. Don’t ignore the order because it gets worse.

You could end up with an enforcement agent (bailiff) knocking on your door. 

Try to pay the fine or appeal it to avoid bailiffs appearing at your home. But don’t ignore it!

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What happens after you appeal an Aldi parking fine?

Parking Eye should decide within 56 days of receiving your appeal. The operator could accept your appeal, in which case the fine is cancelled. Or they could reject it, in which case you can either pay the fine or challenge their decision.

In short, you can escalate the appeal to the independent adjudicator, which is Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA).

Does an Aldi parking fine affect my credit score?

An Aldi parking fine in itself won’t affect your credit score. But if you don’t pay the parking ticket and ignore a court order to pay, the charge becomes a debt. Moreover, the debt is recorded on your credit history!

Thanks for reading my post about an Aldi parking fine. Parking tickets on private land are only enforceable when a court orders you to pay. In short, a parking charge notice is not a fine. It’s an invoice that falls under contractual law!

Hire a Parking Solicitor for less than a coffee.

If you’re thinking about appealing your parking ticket then getting some professional advice is a good idea.

Getting the support of a Solicitor can make your appeal much more likely to win.

For a £5 trial, Solicitors from JustAnswer can look at your case and help you create an airtight appeal.


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Janine Marsh Thrifty Family
Janine is a financial expert who supports individuals with debt management, cost-saving resources, and navigating parking tickets.