Euro Car Parks Appeal – Should You Pay or Challenge?
Table of Contents
- How to avoid paying Euro Car Parks parking tickets Jump
- Why would Euro Car Parks give you a parking fine? Jump
- Do Euro Car Parks have cameras? Jump
- Are Euro Car Parks legit? Jump
- How do I appeal a parking charge notice from Euro Car Parks? Jump
- How much will a Euro Car Parks fine set you back? Jump
- Do you legally have to pay parking fines issued by private companies? Jump
- Can I ignore a parking charge notice from Euro Car Parks? Jump
- Should I pay Euro Car Parks fine? Jump
- Is it worth making a Euro Car Parks appeal? Jump
Is it worth making a Euro Car Parks appeal against one of their fines? Or are you thinking it may be worth paying to save yourself a load of hassle?
Before you decide, read my post on whether you should pay or challenge a Euro Car Parks fine!
How to avoid paying Euro Car Parks parking tickets
If you want to avoid paying a Euro Car Parks parking ticket then you’ll need an airtight appeal.
The best way to perfect your appeal is getting a little advice from a Solicitor. I’d 100% recommend spending a fiver to get a trial of JustAnswer.
You can explain your situation in their chat and they’ll connect you with a Solicitor who can advise you and give you the best chance to win your appeal.
Why would Euro Car Parks give you a parking fine?
Euro Car Parks would give you a parking fine for not obeying their ‘rules’. So, how do you know what their rules are?
All private car park management companies must erect signposts at entrances. Not inside a car park, but at entrances, so motorists can read them before entering a site.
When the signage is unclear (or missing), you could argue that you weren’t aware of the operator’s rules! The same is true if the signage is inside a car park leaving you no option but to enter before you know the T&Cs.
I’ve listed some of the more common reasons why you’d get a Euro Car Parks fine here:
- You didn’t pay to park on a site the operator manages for a private landowner
- You parked badly. For example, using up two bays
- You left your car in a bay that’s reserved for a disabled driver, or a family with children
- You overstayed the time you paid for
You could get the parking charge notice in the post, or you may find it stuck to your windscreen! The registered keeper is sent the parking charge when a parking infringement is caught on camera.
Do Euro Car Parks have cameras?
Yes, Euro Car Parks sets up cameras in the sites they manage for private landowners. So, you might not realise you got a parking charge notice until the fine arrives through the post!
How does the operator know if you’re the registered keeper? They access the DVLA database!
Are Euro Car Parks legit?
Yes. Euro Car Parks are a legitimate company. However, the operator receives lots of negative reviews on how they dish out parking charge notices. I’ve included an example here.
Can you beat your ticket?
In many cases tickets aren’t actually enforceable.
It’s a bit sneaky, but you could pay £5 to chat with an online Solicitor.
They’ll give you support in crafting the best appeal possible and give you the best chance of not paying your ticket.
You can try it below.
How do I appeal a parking charge notice from Euro Car Parks?
I’ve included a table showing how to challenge a Euro Car Parks fine, and how to get in touch with the operator here:
|United Kingdom||30 Dorset Square, London NW1 6QJ|
|Tel||020 7563 3000|
|Ireland||ECP House, Swords Business Park, Swords, Co. Dublin|
|Tel||00 353 (0)1 890 8320|
There’s a 5-step process to appealing a Euro Car Parks fine which I’ve explained below:
- Verification of parking fine and your details
- Your details
- Why the parking charge should be cancelled
- Supporting evidence
- Appeal submission
The operator places everything on hold while they consider your appeal. Euro Car Parks typically take a few weeks to decide whether to accept or reject your appeal.
If your appeal is accepted, Euro Car Parks cancels the fine. But if your appeal is rejected, you’re sent a ‘rejection letter’ explaining your options.
What happens if Euro Car Parks rejects an appeal?
You have two options when an appeal is rejected. First, you can pay the fine and that’s the end of things. Second, you could escalate the appeal to the Parking on Private Land Appeals service (POPLA).
POPLA is an independent appeals service that’s free to use. Plus, when you escalate your appeal, the operator must keep things on hold. Until POPLA decides whether to uphold your appeal or reject it!
POPLA’s decision is final and both parties must respect it. So, if the appeals service sides with you, the operator must cancel the parking charge. But if POPLA sides with Euro Car Parks, you’ll have no choice but to pay!
How much will a Euro Car Parks fine set you back?
Till recently, there was a cap on the amount a car park operator could charge you. But the cap is on hold until 2023. As such, Euro Car Parks could charge you up to £100+ depending on the seriousness of the infraction!
There is, however, a bit of good news. When you pay a parking fine on private land early, say within two weeks, the operator reduces the amount by 40%. So, for example, a £100 becomes a £60 fine!
Operators are obliged to offer you a discount when you settle a parking charge early!
Do you legally have to pay parking fines issued by private companies?
A private operator can only demand you pay a parking charge notice if they win a case in a small claims court. In short, a parking ticket is only enforceable when a court orders you to pay!
Can I ignore a parking charge notice from Euro Car Parks?
Euro Car Parks will chase you for the payment when you ignore a parking charge notice. First, you’ll get payment reminders, followed by demands. Then the operator could send you letters threatening court action. Or they could instruct a debt collection agency to recover the amount.
In a worst-case scenario, you could end up in a small claims court but not before you receive a Letter Before Action!
It’s a gamble whether an operator will follow through with a threat of court action. In short, the threat might be a way to scare you into paying. Or it could be a real intention to take you to court!
Can Euro Car Parks send bailiffs?
Euro Car Parks can only send in bailiffs if the operator wins a case in a small claims court and the parking charge remains unpaid. It happens when you ignore correspondence and official looking letters!
Should I pay Euro Car Parks fine?
You should only pay a Euro Car Parks fine when you’re satisfied of the following:
- You deserve the parking charge notice
- The fine was served correctly
- You were allowed a grace period of ten minutes before the fine was issued
I suggest paying the fine within two weeks. Like this you get to pay 40% less than the original fine!
Is it worth making a Euro Car Parks appeal?
Yes. It’s always a good idea to appeal a Euro Car Parks fine. Particularly, when you feel the operator served the fine unfairly or incorrectly! Moreover, when you appeal a parking charge notice, the operator can’t chase you for payment.
Also, if you appeal the fine within two weeks, and the operator rejects it, you get to pay 40% less! But you must have evidence to support your appeal against a Euro Car Parks fine.
That said if the operator served the fine correctly and you deserved it, paying within 2 weeks is an option. Why? Because the operator reduces the fine by 40% which means a bad situation is less expensive!
I hope the information provided in my post helps you decide whether to pay or appeal a Euro Car Parks fine so it saves you time and money!
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