legalities

At UK Parking Control Ltd we’re in the business of helping the owners and occupiers of private land to protect their property from abusive parking.

Landlords and tenants have the right to reserve parking facilities for legitimate users – whether residents, staff or customers – and to charge people who unfairly take advantage of those facilities.

New Laws

The highest court in the UK, the ‘Supreme Court’, has unambiguously confirmed that parking charges issued on private land are fully enforceable. In the case of ParkingEye v Beavis [2015] UKSC 67 their Lordships stated that private parking charges were enforceable because they served a legitimate purpose and were in the interests of the public generally. The case confirmed that the amount of the charge does not have to reflect any loss that might have been caused by breach of the terms and conditions of parking.

The ‘Supreme Court’ decision is binding law on all other courts throughout the UK.

In England & Wales, the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 gives statutory authority to private parking companies to obtain payment of a parking charge issued to a driver of a vehicle who breached the terms and conditions of parking. If we are not notified by the registered keeper of the name and address of the driver (within 28 days of requesting that information) the registered keeper will be liable for the parking charge.

Received a Parking Charge?

If you have received a parking charge and would like to pay it online, click here.

Refusal to Pay

Don’t just ignore the Parking Charge, because you can be sure we won’t. Click here for some examples of recent successful UKPC court claims.

If we don’t receive payment from you we will pass your details on to a registered debt recovery agency, and you may also become liable for the costs they incur as a result. If you still refuse to pay we may commence court proceedings against you.

Only recently a woman in Scotland ignored hundreds of parking tickets for leaving her car at Dundee's Waterfront without a permit, claiming they were unenforceable but a court ordered her to pay £24,500 to the private parking company. See BBC News >>

Do we really take people to court and win?

Amateur lawyers posting on internet forums often advise people to ignore parking charges, claiming that they’re not enforceable in law. This is bad advice. In fact parking companies take people to court every month and in most cases the judge finds in their favour on the basis that:

  • The Parking Charge was issued correctly
  • The signage was clearly and prominently displayed
  • The charge made was fair

If you receive a CCJ it can have a major impact on your credit rating and could severely impair your ability to obtain credit. When you contact the bank to apply for a loan or mortgage; for a store or credit card; rent property; lease or hire a vehicle, credit checks may be performed to ensure that you are not a high credit risk. If you have an outstanding or satisfied CCJ on your credit file it is significantly less likely that your application will be successful. Where an individual with a CCJ does manage to obtain credit, they can often end up paying a higher interest rate. Records of CCJs are kept for six years unless they are paid in full within a month of their issue.

Court action is always an option of last resort for UKPC. We always prefer to resolve situations amicably but unfortunately this is not always possible. UKPC feel it is important to make motorists aware of the potential enforcement action that may be taken to recover debts after a court has entered a judgment against an individual. Enforcement can include, but is not limited to:

  • Sending County Court bailiffs to recover goods in the amount of the debt
  • Obtaining an attachment of earnings order, whereby your employer must deduct an amount from your salary to be paid to us until the debt is cleared
  • Obtaining an order for the debtor to attend court and give a detailed statement of means which can include bank details

UKPC have regrettably had to employ all of these methods previously to recover unpaid debts.

In recent years UKPC received judgment in our favour in most of the UKPC court wins we were involved in.
Some examples can be seen here.

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