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I have a number of parking fines against me from a private

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I have a number of parking fines against me from a private parking company, they are pursuing county court action what should I do?

Thank you for your question. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will try to help with this.

How many tickets do you have and when were they issued please?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I have been issued with 14 tickets. All for the same hospital car park for which I worked, tickets were issued by cp plus limited who managed the car park.
Thank you.

Are you asking if you have to pay?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Yes I am asking if I have to pay, the daily price for car parking tickets is £8 for a whole day, the tickets they have issued for not paying the fee of the car park amount to £810.00.
Well, it's not that simple I'm afraid.

Do you deny parking there without a ticket?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
No I don't deny parking there, it appears the penalty for parking without paying far out over ways the price of the tickets that they have lost.
I'm afraid it doesn't work like that.

Were there signs advising of the requirements?

Did they warn of the risk of a penalty?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Yes, should I carry on ignoring these letters from the company threatening court action?? Will the court make me pay them anyway??
Thank you.

The short answer is that it depends how much risk you want to take.

Generally speaking, these companies would rarely sue for one fine because it is not worth the manpower costs. Put simply, the 14 fines it might be.

If they do sue, then you could defend on the basis that the fines exceed the sum of their loss and that is a perfectly valid argument upon which you might succeed. However, they will argue that you accepted a contract by parking at the location and that the song in question is due under the contract. It depends what the signs actually say on that point. To be wholly honest, it is the type of thing that could go either way depending upon the judge that you get on the day.

If it is just that you are receiving correspondence from a debt collector making threats to sue then they do that in almost every case. It doesn't mean that they intend to sue in your case but you have to be alive to the facts that you are a more attractive defendant to them that the person who only has one outstanding fine.

That said, quite frankly, even if you went court and lost you would not end up paying much more than the sum that they are claiming now as court costs are very low and solicitors fees are fixed at the Small Claims Court at £50 so, if you are comfortable with risk, it may be worth a run.

Can I clarify anything for you?

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