How to Appeal UKPC Parking Fine – Should You Pay or Not?

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Should you pay a UKPC parking fine? Are tickets on private land even legal? If you’re asking these questions, you’re not the only one.

Read on to learn more about the law relating to parking charge notices and whether it’s a good idea to ignore, pay, or appeal them!

How to avoid paying UKPC parking tickets

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Who is UKPC?

UKPC or UK Parking Control Ltd is among the largest car park management companies that operate throughout the United Kingdom. The operator provides parking solutions for private owners in the private and commercial sectors.

Site owners authorise UKPC to manage their car parks and issue parking charges to motorists.

Why would you get a UKPC parking fine?

UKPC issues parking charges when you don’t obey the rules when using car parks they manage. So, when you don’t follow the operator’s T&Cs, UKPC is authorised to give you a parking ticket.

Maybe you didn’t pay to park or park your car across two bays. You may have used a bay designated for families with children or the disabled. Or you could have left your car parked overnight when it’s not allowed.

UKPC will give you a parking ticket and could leave the fine on your windscreen. The fine will drop through your letterbox if the parking infringement is recorded on CCTV or ANPR.

Do I have to pay a parking fine on private land?

No. You don’t need to pay a fine you get on private land straight away. The parking charge is not a fine but an invoice issued to let you know an operator intends to take you to court.

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.

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Is a UKPC parking fine enforceable?

A UKPC parking fine is not enforceable, to begin with. But if the operator wins a case in a small claims court and the judge rules in UKPC’s favour, it becomes enforceable.

How much will a UKPC parking fine cost you?

The operator could charge you up to £100 since a new cap was put on temporary hold this year. That said, there are plans to reinstate a lower cap in 2023. But till then, UKPC could issue fines substantially more than the proposed cap.

That said, all private car park management companies must offer discounts when you pay a parking charge within two weeks. This can be up to 40% less than the original charge.

How does UKPC know where to send a parking charge?

UKPC is a member of the British Parking Association (BPA). Therefore, the operator can access the DVLA database to retrieve a registered keeper’s details. You’ll get the parking ticket through the post within a set deadline, which could be up to 14 days later.

Should you pay a UKPC parking fine within two weeks?

Paying a UKPC parking fine within two weeks is an option worth considering. But only if you’re sure the charge is correct and you deserve the fine. That said, when you pay within 14 days, the amount is reduced by up to 40%.

But you can also pay within 28 days. It just means you pay the full amount! Also, when you pay a UKPC parking fine, you can’t change your mind and appeal the charge!

Should you ignore a UKPC parking fine?

You could ignore a UKPC parking fine, and some motorists do. But it may end badly. For example, the operator may begin legal proceedings, win a case, and you could get a County Court Judgement levied against you.

In short, ignoring a parking ticket on private land could ruin your credit history. You’d have trouble getting a loan, borrowing money or taking out a mortgage. So, it’s best to appeal the charge, so things go on hold. Or you could pay the parking ticket within two weeks, so you get to pay a reduced fine.

What’s the UKPC appeals process?

You can appeal a UKPC parking fine and have every right to contest the charge. Especially when you feel it’s unfair or just plain wrong!

All appeals against a UKPC parking ticket must be made in writing to the operator. So, you have the option to:

  • Appeal the charge online
  • Print out the operator’s online appeal form and send it through the post

Also, you must send your appeal to the operator within 28 days of the parking charge being issued. But you can appeal within two weeks (14 days), which means you could pay a reduced amount if the operator rejects it.

What evidence do you need for a UKPC appeal?

You must provide as much evidence as possible when making a UKPC appeal. In short, you’ll need to give a valid reason for cancelling the parking charge. I’ve listed some reasons below:

  • You didn’t park badly or commit a parking infringement
  • The parking charge arrived by post more than fourteen days after the alleged violation
  • You were not the owner of the vehicle when the parking charge was issued
  • The operator issued the parking fine before the grace period had expired
  • The operator incorrectly served the parking charge
  • The ticket arrived in the mail, but the car park had no signs indicating CCTV was in operation

Once the operator receives your appeal, things get put on hold. In short, no further action is taken until the operator decides to accept or reject your appeal.

What happens if UKPC rejects my appeal?

UKPC sends you a letter of rejection which must include information on escalating your appeal to an independent appeals service. In this instance, it’s The Driving on Private Land Appeals (POPLA) service.

This is the last stage of an appeal against a private parking ticket. After that, POPLA’s decision is final, so if they rule in the operator’s favour, you’ll have to pay. But if you win your appeal, the operator must cancel the charge.

When you appeal to POPLA, everything remains on hold until a decision is made. Plus, the service is free of charge.

Should you pay a UKPC parking fine?

You could pay a UKPC parking fine. Or you could appeal the charge. But the one thing you should not do is ignore the fact you got a parking charge. Although not immediately enforceable, the operator could start legal proceedings.

Plus, UKPC may instruct a debt collection agency to recover the amount owed. So, if you think you’ve got a valid reason to cancel the charge, file your appeal early.

On the other hand, if the operator served the parking charge correctly, consider paying the fine within two weeks. You’ll pay up to 40% less when you do!

Thanks for reading this post on whether you should pay a UKPC parking fine. I hope the information helps you decide what to do, which could save you time and money.

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