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There have I'm afraid.
There was always a good deal of nonsense on these private land fines on the internet.
The law was changed in 2012 to make the registered keeper liable if he doesn't name the driver within 28 days. That did no more really though than plug up the gap that had previously existed allowing registered keepers to refuse to name the driver. In fact, there was caselaw in their favour anyway.
However, that has generally made them more aggressive. They had lost control of the industry previously. They are more willing to sue for that reason. They still do not sue in the majority of cases but far more than they ever used to.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Are you willing to risk being sued?
Probably about 50-50. It is not really possible to say. They used to very rarely. Now they do more commonly.
If they sue they will get the sum of the fine plus about £35 in costs and £55 fixed solicitors costs.
I would ignore them but then I am happy to run the risk of being sued.
Some people are not.
It depends on your appetite for risk.