I live in an apartment block where each resident has a designated parking bay and has a permit for placing on the inside of the windscreen and which must be displayed. In July this year, I unfortunately wrote my car off, but not myself, and my daughter kindly lent me her car, specially insured, until I could purchase a replacement. My own car had been immediately towed away and removed to a breaker's garage a hundred miles away and it necessarily took a week or more to arrange for its contents, including windscreen stickers, to be collected and returned to me. In the meantime, I parked my daughter's car in my designated (underground) parking space with a clear explanation of the circumstances on a sheet of A4 paper placed under the windscreen wipers. The very next morning, a PCM (UK) Ltd operative placed a parking fine notice on the car, clearly disregarding the explanation other than to encourage him to return the very next day to plant another one! This time the written explanation was even more clearly displayed face up on the interior dashboard (photo evidence available) but was again ignored. This is not by any stretch of the imagination parking control procedure; but a vicious, vindictive, cowardly and bullying action presumably designed to earn the operative some brownie points towards the end of year wellington boot prize, or whatever other incentive is considered by the management of PCM to be appropriate. In my opinion, this is almost as bad as hitting an old lady over the head and stealing
her purse - and I am an old man! I fully believe that, contrary to having the effect of avoiding a parking charge, my clearly written note actually ENCOURAGED the operative to levy the fines and what an indictment of the man's moral character that is! PCM did give me a temporary licence by word of mouth and followed that up with a new paper one, so they were aware of the circumstances but refused point blank to cancel either of the two levied fines. Technically, I suppose, they are correct, but what an awful way to operate! Believing that such fines are not legally enforceable, or that PCM would have some honour and not proceed, I have to admit that I took no further action, but it so happens that they have apparently ignored me altogether and gone for the perceived soft touch by hounding my daughter with letters, threats and now a debt collection agency who have served her with Notices of Intended Court Action which, as a college tutor, she cannot afford to risk. She has complained, but has been told that PCM cannot change their procedures and have no intention whatsoever of reverting to me and, now that the matter is in the hands of Debt Recovery Plus Ltd, she has to pay by tomorrow 11th November or be prosecuted. Now, the British Parking Association website does say that such fines are legally enforceable in line with the terms of a displayed contract which, in this case, clearly states such contract to be between PCM and the DRIVER of the vehicle. My daughter was clearly NOT the driver, so do we have any options in this mess? She is very distressed and I am exceedingly angry, so we would both appreciate some urgent guidance in this matter. Many thanks.