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The truth is that it depends how much risk you want to take.
It used to be very easy to escape these fines by refusing details of the driver. However, the Protection of Freedoms Act came into force in October 2012 and it makes the registered keeper liable for the fine if he doesn't name the driver within 28 days of the fine.
It is open to you to refuse to pay and invite them to sue. The chances are not high that they would but nobody can rule out the risk.
If they do then you could defend on the basis that they have suffered no loss.
Basically this issued on the basis of breach of contract. There will be a term in the contract that you display a permit rather than just have one. That has been tried and tested many times and its the only way that parking can operate as wardens need to be able to see immediately who can park there and who cannot.
You cannot deny a breach here. What you can do though is ask them to show that they have suffered loss as a result of this.
Since you had a permit that will be difficult.
They may be able to show some small administrative loss but not a great deal.
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On what basis was it issued then?
Yes, so on what basis was it issued?
Are you saying you overstayed?
It would be helpful if you made that clear.
That wouldn't change anything in my answer above.
Except that the complaint is overstaying not failure to display
Its still clearly a breach of contract and you are liable.
The only question is over loss.
Not really except to mitigate.
But the issue is loss anyway.
Very few people have a direct challenge to the facts alleged.
The issue here will be how much loss were they caused by you staying longer than permissible.
To be wholly honest, there's about a 10% chance it would go that far.
They will just send you nasty letters from debt collectors and probably get Graham Whyte solicitors to write to you in the hope you cave in
Its very unlikely that she was sued.
Solicitors letters have no legal status of themselve.
if you get a court summons that would be the time to cave in
I will be amazed if they sue you.
There are some myths about private land fining on the internet.
They are not invalid. they are just very weak claims.
Yes, I understood
they are wildly inefficient
I would be amazed if they find court forms.
Probably because their intention is to allow people to pay online and the technology failed
Yes, in this case especially
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