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Hi Jo - Small no access road opposite car rental location at Birmingham Airport. In order to be off main road, away from entrance/exit rental location for both safety and not to impede any other road users, I pulled into small road to unload passenger and luggage whereupon I immediately left the road. The vehicle was stationary only as long as it took to unload, two/three minutes at the most. The vehicle was neither left nor 'parked' in the true sense of the meaning. There is no sign saying 'no loading or unloading' or 'no parking' but I will check. I believe there is one which says 'no access' but I no intention of driving down it to access anywhere,
Hi Jo Having responded to your last question as to who issued the parking fine do you have a response for me? Thanks
Hi Jo Thanks for that but this is a public road owned by the council, not a private road and is not in any form a 'parking area' whereby any
agreement was reached or breached. The private company are responsible for parking matters and if I had left the vehicle parked' on this road then perhaps their involvement would apply. Is this worth me taking it through the small claims court? Sorry for any confusion caused.
Hi Jo. No. It says:
APCOA Parking. Parking Charge Notice. Charge Notice No. ... Vehicle Reg. .... Date of Issue. ... To The Respondent (which is Hertz UK - hired vehicle) Notice is hereby served to the registered keeper of the vehicle registration mark .... For the alleged contravention of BA02 - Dropping off/Picking up outside of a designated parking area captured by ANPR Camera at Birmingham International Airport on ..(date & time). The alleged contravention is a BREACH OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE of Birmingham International Airport. Signs are clearly displayed throughout the area showing these terms and conditions. This is followed by 3 photographs which are not disputed. It goes on to ask Hertz for the name and address of the hirer. It would appear that Hertz have paid this 'fine' and charged my credit card plus their admin charge for doing so.
as far as I can see, nothing. It's a 'fine', mugging would be a better term, imposed by a private company for an action taken on what I believe is a council owned/maintained road, obviously close to the airport, but no different to the road outside my house. I accept why Hertz paid the fine, no problem with that. My question quite simply is whether APCOA are legally entitled to extract money for a road user carrying out an everyday action on a public road. It is not a parking fine but a stopping fine! I don't recall any such signs as referred to by APCOA but will need to revisit site to check. I'm grateful for your responses but this seems to be getting complicated.