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  • tymbian
    Member

    I come back from the trails to find that some twunt of a civil enforcement officer has decided, at 16:37 to issue me with a Parking fine to the princely sum of £50. I had a valid ticket on top of the dash which I’d paid for.

    So now it’s going to be my word against a CEO what chance do I have?

    What should be my next course of action?

    TiRed
    Member

    I’d calm down, call the number on the fine and explain that you have a valid ticket and that the CEO must have made a mistake. Then offer to email them a scan of the ticket and expect cancellation forthwith.

    Everyone makes mistakes. I had the same from a carpark in Windsor. Cancellation is straightforward if you have the ticket as evidence.

    robhughes
    Member

    Don’t pay it.
    Was it on a public road.If not there non enforceable .

    eranu
    Member

    Send a picture of your ticket to whoever you pay the fine to.

    Was your ticket properly displayed? If not you maybe stuffed.

    PeterPoddy
    Member

    Is your ticket dated? Is it valid for the time of the fine?
    If so, send them copies and tell them to poke it.

    robhughes
    Member

    Sod the ticket.You don’t have to pay these parking fines in not on a public road.Massive loop hole.

    Premier Icon dmorts
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    It’s a council run car park so the fine will apply. Is this what you’re getting at robhughes – Parking fines on private land?

    robhughes
    Member

    O well.Looks like you need to take action.The private ones aren’t worth the paper there written one.Just trying to help bud..

    tymbian
    Member

    Ticket was valid at the issue time of the fine. It has made me question though whether the ticket was the right way up on the dash. I wouldn’t of put it on the dash upside-down.

    sugdenr
    Member

    Was it displayed clearly? They take a picture of the vehicle. The scan and forget won’t work, I fought them but it’s run by Vinci and they play hardball I really had to fight. And i believe that council carparks are protected by bylaw so the it’s not enforceable claim won’t help.

    chip
    Member

    As above they may argue but stick to your guns and they will drop it.

    Never send the original ticket even if they ask as it will conveniently get lost in the post.

    I had a similar situation elsewhere, they kept insisting I should pay despite me repeatedly sending them copies of the ticket. Until they said they would take me to court and I replied I will see you there and I will bring my ticket.

    Then they wrote to say they would let me off against there better judgment , and not to do it again .

    johnj2000
    Member

    I am sure it will all be fine. I got issued with a fine once because my ticket had dropped off the window onto the floor. Just a quick email and all was sorted.

    handyandy
    Member

    send them dead wasps.

    Premier Icon jambalaya
    Subscriber

    Write them a polite but firm letter including a scan/photocopy of the parking ticket saying it was clearly displayed on the dash. From a purely technical point I believe the ticket probably states it should be stuck to the windscreen but they won’t hold you to that. FYI the CEO’s have targets to meet in terms of the number of tickets issued so they can be quite trigger happy.

    oldnick
    Member

    Me too on Saturday!

    Planning on scanning the ticket and penalty charge notice and including that in a cheery email.

    Something like 50% of challenged PCN’s get overturned, be lucky 🙂

    And calling these people CEO’s is hilarious, I don’t recall many Chief Executive Officers plodding round carparks in a fluorescent tabard.

    JCL
    Member

    I would drive your car straight through the front of their offices.

    handyandy – Member
    send them dead a bike full of live wasps.

    FTFY.

    Premier Icon deadkenny
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    Don’t know about CEOs, it’s council parking enforcement officials, although maybe outsourced, they ultimately answer to bureaucrats in Bracknell council and elected councillors, if not the local MP also.

    The parking enforcement there has been pretty aggressive, though they stated from day one the one and only aim for the parking charges there was to fund council budget shortcuts. From the figures I’ve heard about they’ve made far more than expected and a nice chunk of it specifically comes from fines which I’m sure they depend on. It could be too many people are paying up properly and leaving on time, so if fines are down they’ll get more picky 😉

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    I’d be wary of ignoring it if it’s anything to do with the council.
    If it’s from some Portakabin based knuckledragger firm just totally ignore it. Don’t plead innocence, just ignore.

    If it’s the council, they usually have photographic evidence that your ticket wasn’t displayed. The one in Brum did when I tried to get away with it. Ticket had honestly blown off the dash when I shut the door. I showed them a valid ticket, but they just kept pointing to failure to display a valid ticket.
    What annoys me is that, if I hadn’t bothered buying a ticket I’d be no worse off.

    Face it, your just an honest law abiding citizen against a morally corrupt regime.
    Those in positions of power won’t change the system as they can just get tickets cancelled at will anyway.

    b r
    Member

    Just email a scan, any issue then just ask for a copy of their photo.

    scuttler
    Member

    Do the tickets they dispense have sticky backs? If not I think you can get them on a technicality over failure to display/blown off etc as its up to them to provide means of affixing it. You’d have to crawl of the parking forums like pepipoo though.

    tymbian
    Member

    So I’ve emailed them explaining the situation and asking them to adjust their records accordingly. They will probably ask me for a copy of the ticket which I will then send them. The ticket doesn’t have a sticky back and it looks like one of the heat sensitive paper types so will it fry if I scan it?

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    take a photo of it and email that.

    tymbian
    Member
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    Does a mistakenly given parking fine (that you haven’t contested yet) really need this level of bitterness, resentment and crying?

    Send a email and be nice. It’ll all be sorted by Friday.

    I had a fine overturned last year. Warden had issued me a penalty because he/she apparently couldn’t properly see the ticket on my dash. I’d left a window down as dog was in the car so a breeze must have flipped the ticket over blah blah. Explained this over the phone and emailed copy. Penalty revoked.

    tymbian
    Member

    Quick update. I received a reply today from the Bracknell forest council rejecting my appeal as the supplied photos show my ticket upside down on the dash. I’m a bit gutted really. I certainly haven’t deliberately set out to deceive or anything. I followed the rules and paid for the service I was using. I expect to be given the benefit of doubt.

    yunki
    Member

    I would say that now is the time to send them dead wasps (where can I buy dead wasps online?)

    MoseyMTB
    Member

    It’s irrelevant that it was upside down surely?

    You paid the required fee, I’d be following this up again if I were you.

    Premier Icon stu170
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    Simply tell them you will see them in court. Job jobbed. No one in their right mind would allow that to go to court

    i would reply respectfully telling them to foxtrot oscar. upside down, righto. the amount of time the enforcement officer would have had to take to read it upside down is far less than it took them to produce the ticket. stick to your guns.

    MoseyMTB
    Member

    I’m guessing by upside down he means face down.

    bugger off with your sensible replies. 😀

    Dickyboy
    Member

    ^^^^^^^ excellent go to the toppers of the class

    * Oxford council will note on pcn if ticket is upside down & presumably let you off if you then produce a correctly paid ticket (number plate & time recorded on ticket) – I say presumably because numpty who issued me with one wrote down the wrong reg number 🙂

    b r
    Member

    Quick update. I received a reply today from the Bracknell forest council rejecting my appeal as the supplied photos show my ticket upside down on the dash.

    Stuff like this seriously pi55es me off. You’d bought a ticket and they could both see it and read it – they were just been ****s.

    At this point, I’d not converse with them any more – but don’t park at Swinley again though…, in case they’ve some ‘enforcement’ measures.

    Premier Icon zippykona
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    On the flip side some people just don’t get parking tickets.
    One bloke near my shop has a lime green Subaru that he parks all day in the hour bay .
    Then there’s my best mate (not really) who uses a disabled badge ,though clearly able bodied and parks all day in the loading bay when the limit for disabled badges is 3 hours. Today he even had his front wheels outside the box and on the red route.
    Bitter,you bet.
    Ps cycling to work I really shouldn’t give a shit but grrrrrrrr.

    ninfan
    Member

    if they’ve refused to cancel it, then take it to Tribunal – quote NPAS case RF4

    Premier Icon njee20
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    I also assume face down. Clarity needed here…?

    tymbian
    Member

    @ br…enforcement measures? Their surely not gonna clamp just yet? I’ve haven’t put my second appeal yet ( or sent them wasps )…

    tymbian
    Member

    Sorry but yes I did mean face down. Not placed deliberately thus so must’ve flipped whilst changing or closing the door.

    @ ninfan…what is this RF4 you speak of?

    TooTall
    Member

    It is probably a condition of the ticket that it is displayed so that it can be read. I’d check up on that.

    NPAS case RF4

    In case number RF4 brought before NPAS, a pay and display ticket had been purchased from the machine but was displayed upside down so it could not be read. The motorist received a PCN and appealed. The adjudicator said that the council had not exercised discretion because their policy had no regard to particular circumstances of each case.

    An adjudicator cannot cancel a PCN on compassionate grounds or for compelling reasons but he can refer the matter back to the council if he believes that they did not discharge their duty to do so.

    They’ll likely tell you to poke off and probably refer you to the bit where it has to be displayed so it can be read.

    rob2
    Member

    I had this exact problem with north Tyneside council . My ticket blew on the dashboard and was upside down.

    After a long wrangling period of letters and discussions of court they cancelled it.

    They’ll never turn up a court as they’ll have other stuff to do.

    It’s galling but just keep at it. It made my blood boil at the time. Good lick sir.

    Premier Icon njee20
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    I think you have much less of a case with a face down ticket. A pain, but I think they have a more valid case.

    crosshair
    Member

    I hate stuff like this- who pays who here?

    You had a valid ticket- end of.

    Be strong comrade 😉

    Seriously, are we all now duty bound to make sure that every time we slam the boot shut, the blast of air hasn’t dislodged the ticket- if they cared that much they should provide sticky ones.

    Just hang it out as long as possible- make sure their costs of working on the case far outweigh the fine.

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