Friday, February 19, 2010

Two chances.....



Of course I will pay up...


The other day my missus, being the registered owner of our car, received a parking violation fine through the post.

Apparently she overstayed her welcome by twenty minutes when visiting a large shopping mall/retail park. Fair enough, I suppose. Their gaffe, their rules.

However, it's not their gaffe. It's a council owned car park which means it belongs to us, the 'people'.

The demand itself is written in big bold red writing, with the consequences spelled out if you fail to comply. You need to look pretty hard to find out that it is from a private company.

The icing on the cake for me is the little nugget that if we want proof of the violation we need to pay ten quid for the privilege.

After careful consideration of the above, I have decided that they can stick their 'demand' up their hole.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think that it might have been sensible to remove the name and address.

RantinRab said...

It's not mine, it's from google.

Anonymous said...

All that invitation to pay proves is that the car in question was snapped by a camera on the car park on the date in question.
It doesn't prove who was driving it.

The scam is operated by a private company UK Parking Control Limited who will in due course start sending you letters from a 'legal company' and the initial invitation to pay will go through the roof before they suddenly give up.
They will never ever take you to court because they know they will lose. The idiots ran a test case through in Scotland and the judge threw it out on it's ear.

My legal fiction (name) has been through this process. It is a legal scam nothing more just ignore it, do not acknowledge or deny anything if you do you 'enter into contract', but do remove identifying details from that picture as there are nefarious identity theft types operating online.

Anonymous said...

Ooops sorry Rab. Didn't see your reply to Anonymous 1

RantinRab said...

Ta for the comments and advice.

The demand quickly went in the bin. As will the rest!

thelunaticarms said...

Take it you went to the TPUC site just to make sure of the process. I don't drive myself (too drunk) although I have had a copper try and stop me riding a bike on the pavement to work once. I didn't stop. Fuck complying when you know you're in the wrong (so they say).

Years ago though, my mother received a ticket on her own street! All due to not moving her car across the road to make room for the road works planned. Fair enough you would think yet...

The ticket was issued at 11.48pm and the work on the road wasn't going to begin until 8am the following morning (the signs stated so). My mother was planning on moving the car at 7am as being in Peckham, best to keep an eye on your motor (not so bad now, bods have moved into selling drugs instead of no-mmoney joyriding).

Fuming she paid (not to incur the penalty) but persisted in the knowledge that a ticket being issued at near enough midnight was a blatant piss-take.

Her persistence paid off. Not only did the private company digging up the road refunded her money but also the thicko council.

I think she made £30 out of it. Okay, the palaver of sorting it was a hassle but if every mistake they made netted you double what you put it, I say that is a result.

Any chance of screwing the State and their poisonous little hitlers, do it. They don't lose no sleep over your predicaments so why should we worry about theirs.

Sean O'Hare said...

Rab

Did you mean to leave the name and address visible?

RantinRab said...

Sean, I didn't even notice the name and address on it. I just googled for a pic.

To put my mind at rest I will replace it.

CrazyDaisy said...

Rab,

nice one feck em!

CD

DaveP said...

Please keep us updated on this one; be interesting to see how you get on.

MTG said...

In my failed attempt to escape that very same penalty Rab, I claimed I had been cloned..... and I heard nothing for a year.....

Then came the night of the polis ram raid through the lounge walls; helicopter on standby dropping heavy gear and back-up through the roof. Poor wee Kiltie tried to defend us but was terminally savaged in the jaws of some Helldog.

I had no idea they took lost parking revenue so seriously.

banned said...

thelunaticarms might have enjoyed my experince last year. Council notices appeared demanding that residents remove their vehicles on a particular date to allow them to re-line the resident parking bays (that no-one asked for), 2 hour limits and loading only bays.
By chance I had the day off and emerged about 10am to see the council lorries arrive, noticing that many cars remained in situ, including mine, they sat in their lorries scratching their heads and eating sndwiches. Upon my return about half an hour later they had gone, never to reurn, and no fines were issued to the offending vehicles.

Perhaps they had got the message?

Anonymous said...

I got one of these "fines" too. In England they come from an outfit called Parking Enforcement Ltd and their tame "collectors" Newlyn Ltd.
Again, it's a scam, it is unenforcable and they have NEVER taken anyone to court. Ignore every letter and they will eventually go away. Or you can take action against them in the civil courts for harrassement - they run like hell if you threaten them right back. Look on the net for Parking Enforcement and read the hundreds of postings.