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Have been reading your atricle regarding POPLA , is the legislation

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Have been reading your atricle regarding POPLA , is the legislation applicable allover the UK or is Scotland different

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

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I parked for too long in a shops car park that was just about empty, at night whilst at a cinema. Couple of weeks later received a photo of car and a demand for money (so called fine). I was both advised and read on the web that these fines are not enforcable being no more than an invoice for services that I had not requested, and that all correspondence should be ignored. Have since had more demands and today warned that the next step is a solicitor applying to the courts for debt recovery. All the advice info that I can glean seems to be relating to England and Wales .

Yes, it is different in Scotland.

You need to be careful about the advice on the internet. A lot of it is nonsense.

These fines are enforceable. They have been enforceable. They have a perfectly valid claim against you.

What they have though is a claim that is hard to enforce and not particular cost effective to do so. For that reason, most people are not sued.

The Protection of Freedoms Act is not in force in Scotland but that just means that the law will not presume the driver to be the registered keeper if he doesn't identify the driver within 28 days.

They will send you very threatening letters though. They will keep writing. It doesn't matter unless you actually get a court summons.

Can I clarify anything for you?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for the info so far, question is, do I reply to them or continue to ignore

It depends how much risk you want to take.

The only way to stop them dead is to pay in full.

If you are not happy to do that then I would ignore them. Responding doesn't really achieve anything and just gives you an opportunity to give them evidence to use against you.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

OK thank you for that.


No problem and all the best.

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