Received a 'notice to owner' from NCP the other day over a penalty ticket issued a few weeks ago at a private NCP car park, addressed to Mrs Tyred (as she's the registered car keeper). No ticket was bought - it was late at night and the carpark was virtually empty.
She was not driving the car.
Now, my understanding is that private parking firms have no legal right to enforce penalties in the way traffic wardens/local authorities do. All they can really do is send scary-looking letters in the hope people pay up. Even if there was some avenue open to them, surely the contract being broken is between them and the driver of the car, not the owner?
The notice comes with all sorts of threats about debt collection, county court judgements and so on. My thinking is, this is purely a civil matter of contract law, and while they could potentially take *someone* to court over this (to recover the damages incurred, ie the 2 quid normal parking charge or whatever) surely this *someone* would have to be the driver of the car?
My thinking is to simply ignore this, save for perhaps sending a letter to dispute the debt should anything arrive from a debt collection agency.
Has anyone else done this? What happened?